DNB tests mobile passporting for international clients

DNB tests mobile passporting for international clients

DNB is experimenting with a mobile app that scans user passports and faces to identify customers from across borders for ID verification and digital onboarding.

The technology, developed by DNB ID Solutions AS, aims to overcome the barriers to digital banking for international clients and prospects. It will initially be tried out in the corporate market to verify the identities of global staff at large multi-nationals, but will also be extended to personal banking for users in other countries.

Øystein Østby, DNB project manager, explains: “We combine technology in the phone and data stored in the biometrical passport, with our own systems. An important focus of the project is the customer experience and to resolve challenges related to international identification."

Ørjan Bagn, head of Channels in large corporate and international at DNB (pictured), says that the system has already been tested across the Nordics and the next phase will see it rolled out to more countries.

“We have done a lot of research in the project, but real-life experience will be important to us," he says. "We need to know more about the user experience - will people feel comfortable scanning their passport and face with an app? We have tested the solution with Scandinavian biometrical passports, and will now include more countries.”
Are you interested in the technology as a SDK, please contact Knut Arne Røer, email

Comments: (2)

Hitesh Thakkar
Hitesh Thakkar - SME - Fintech startups (APAC and Africa) - India 02 March, 2018, 13:10Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

It seems that App will work with NFC based phone because it ask user to place the phone over the Electronic Chip? Chip may be storing photo which gets accessed and used for Facial recogniation.

Ørjan Bagn
Ørjan Bagn - DNB - Oslo 08 March, 2018, 08:08Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

That’s true, NFC is being used to access and read the passport (or ID-cards with similar standard).
The process can be divided in 3 parts, first scan the passport/ID card using the camera, then read the stored data with NFC and third, use facial recognition.