Richard Parris, CEO, Intercede, Speaks at UKTI’s Global Business Summit

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Richard explores creating trusted identities to help solve security challenges for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Smartphones as a secure means of proving identity and controlling access to physical and logical facilities, services and apps offer the potential to make the world a safer, easier and more private place to live, work and enjoy.

Today CEO, Intercede, Richard Parris, spoke at UKTI’s Global Business Summit on ICT during its Cloud and SaaS session. Using emerging technologies Richard explored how governments and global organizations can solve security challenges for the 2016 Games in Brazil by creating trusted digital identities for employees and citizens on secure devices like smart cards, smartphones and tablets.

Richard discussed how to keep bad guys out while letting good guys in, whether it’s a dignitary being granted access to a VIP area via an app on their smartphone or Games officials accessing mission critical cloud based services via a virtual smart card on a tablet.

Speaking of the Olympics 2016 Richard said: “These events are unique. They bring together large numbers of people from countries all around the world. They require feats of coordination, security, and communication that are truly Olympian in scale. None of these activities would be possible without the means to establish and prove the identities of the people involved. Today, this is achieved by staff wearing security passes around their necks and issuing paper tickets to spectators but this model is open to subversion, fraud and counterfeiting.”

Richard continued, “It is forecast that by 2016 there will be a billion smartphone owners in the world. Most of these phones will include NFC technology that will enable touch-and-go proof of identity. Smartphones as a secure means of proving identity and controlling access to physical and logical facilities, services and apps offer the potential to make the world a safer, easier and more private place to live, work and enjoy.

Intercede’s MyID software is a critical component in managing how people’s identities can be validated in the first place and how these identities and associated digital credentials can be generated and securely injected into a smartphone.”

More than five million people worldwide use digital credentials and smart cards managed by Intercede's MyID software to prove who they are, whether security guards, government officials, access control systems, and applications on the Internet.

Richard was chosen to speak amongst other British business leaders including Andy Nelson, Govt CIO; Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Founder, Autonomy; and Warren East, CEO, ARM, to demonstrate how innovative businesses can help bolster the UK’s economy beyond the London Olympics. Intercede recently announced its export success, proving that the company generates 88% of its sales from overseas markets, including 64% from North America.

The session was live streamed on YouTube. Please view here if you are interested in listening to the speeches: http://bit.ly/N7Ck5N (starting at 1:03:15 into the video).

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