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Contego, the RegTech and compliance specialist, has been chosen by The Open Banking Implementation Entity (the ‘OBIE’), the body created by the UK’s largest personal and small business current account providers to create a better way to move, manage and make more of your money, to verify its users and to support the much-anticipated technological revolution that promises to give people greater control over their finances.
Contego will be supporting Open Banking’s identity proofing and verification processes and ensure security and customer needs are embedded at its core. Contego’s platform provides a flexible, customised solution, with fully automated identity verification delivered in real-time, via a single API – essential for high-speed onboarding.
By providing the highest levels of identity verification services to Open Banking, Contego continues in a leading position in its segment. Contego’s streamlined process includes online application, ID verification in real-time, and mobile ID document capture.
Adrian Black, CEO, Contego said: “Having participated in the original Open Banking Working Group and having seen how Open Banking will give the customer secure control of their finances, I was keen to be involved. We have delivered a customized solution in a challenging timescale that will provide Open Banking with a complete picture of who they are working with, not just in the UK but now across Europe.”
In combining requirements under the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and the European Union’s Payment Services Directive phase 2 (PSD2), the Open Banking Standard is a seismic change to banking models in the digital age. Using secure open API’s, banking clients have the ability to far more effectively manage lending, saving, transaction and investment financial requirements than ever before.
The open API allows third party developers to create applications which will enable banking customers to securely gain greater insight and control over their finances and additionally deliver freedom to access an open market of financial services that provide more personalised services for sound banking decisions.
Nigel Spencer, Head of Support Services at Open Banking, commented: “Contego has been very easy to work with; they have listened and their approach is professional, transparent and consultative. Their ability to deliver a bespoke solution that combines automated identity checks with the added security of face-to-face verification made it the obvious choice. Contego’s technology innovations made them a clear front-runner when it came to deciding what firm to team up with to securely deliver Open Banking.”