May 5, 2020

New SmartSearch facial recognition feature gives added peace of mind

SmartSearch has added a new facial recognition feature to its award-winning digital anti-money-laundering (AML) platform, providing additional peace of mind to clients requiring visual confirmation of customer ID.

Due to the restrictions on travel currently in place in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, prospective new customers are unable to present ID documents and proof of address in person.

SmartSearch’s electronic verification (EV) platform provides a unique one-stop-shop solution, allowing clients to perform all the necessary Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML checks in a matter of seconds. Screening against global sanctions and politically-exposed persons (PEP) lists is included as standard, along with ongoing daily monitoring.

Because this can be done without any physical documents, the whole process can be carried out remotely, regardless of where staff are working. This means that new customers can be onboarded quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of fuss.

By incorporating facial recognition, SmartSearch now also provides the additional layer of assurance that comes from visual ID verification – a feature that SmartSearch expects to be highly popular with clients.

John Dobson, CEO at SmartSearch said, “We are here to make our clients’ lives easier, and give them peace of mind not only that they are meeting their due diligence responsibilities, but also guarding against unscrupulous criminals. The risk of a firm being targeted by money-launderers varies but the impact if it fails to detect and report any wrongdoing can be devastating.

“Electronic checks using credit reporting data will bring to light any discrepancies in a client’s personal history and clearly flag up where further action is required. Facial recognition is the icing on the cake, giving businesses that crucial extra reassurance that the person they are dealing with is on the level.

“With many elements of social distancing likely to remain in place for some time to come, doing this in person, face to face, is no longer possible. Our facial recognition feature means our clients can do everything remotely – protecting their businesses from fraudsters and their staff from exposure to Covid-19.”