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Video KYC -The ‘New Normal’ across Industries

With social distancing becoming the new normal and businesses going completely online, Digital KYC is now at the forefront to onboard customers instantly, while keeping a check on their records and doing what’s best for business.

Having adopted the best video KYC tools available for their business, both financial as well as non-financial companies find it a boon that lets their business move swiftly. With features like OCR, Facematch, geo-tagging, fraud detection, functioning Video KYC at low bandwidth, Video recording and more, businesses are quickly moving to digital KYC. Here’s a look at how this much-needed tool works, or will work across various sectors.

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance

Banks: For every customer who opens an account with a bank, whether demat, current, savings, or any other, RBI mandates a digital KYC for onboarding the customer. Using Video KYC verification helps banks keep a record of each and every customer via their Aadhaar Card, and link it to the corresponding bank account to track transactions. In order to update customer details regularly, banks also use Video KYC for Re-KYC which makes the entire process much simpler and quicker. 

Asset Management Companies: For all Asset Management Companies regulated by the SEBI, Video based KYC identification offers full KYC to minimise the risk of money laundering. The authentication process is swift, precise, and paperless, leading to a reduction in costs as well as onboarding time. AMCs have now started using Video KYC not only for individuals but while onboarding SMEs and other larger enterprises too.

Insurance: Video KYC’s Liveliness Detection, Facematch and personal discussion features, like the ones offered by Kwik.ID are salient for insurance companies where fraud is more likely. These features enhance the experience for clients and reduce digital risk for companies.

Lending: SMEs and Fintechs choose to use Video KYC verification for lending processes to make quick and informed decisions, while also making the lending process faster and smoother for the borrower. Many NBFCs use digital KYC for individual lending too.

Wallets: Online wallets are quickly becoming the top video KYC users. All this while, customers were asked to adopt the traditional means of submitting their Aadhaar manually at a centre. But with Video KYC in the picture, e-wallet onboarding can be done in less than 3 minutes from the comfort of your home.

Non-Financial institutions

Employee Onboarding: For large organisations, especially those with over a 100 employees, choosing the best Video KYC tool is the smartest way to store employee data, so as to transfer salaries and EPF and safeguard the interests of the company incase of any fraud.

Online Alcohol Delivery: With online alcohol delivery becoming the ‘new normal’, sellers have to be extremely cautious that the alcohol isn’t reaching the wrong hands. Here’s where Digital KYC comes into play. Right from age-restriction checks, geo-fencing, and address verification, KYC – platforms like KwikI.D are designed for Regulated Entities, thereby adapting themselves to simpler customer onboarding.

Telecom industry: Something that we’ve all witnessed is getting authenticated via KYC while being issued a new SIM card. With the shift in selling SIM cards online, network providers are gradually moving towards Video KYC for contactless and quick verification.

Rental/shared vehicle economy: While customers have to opt for Video KYC verification to add money to their wallets, transport apps have to go through it too, to register themselves and keep their accounts operational.

Co-working spaces: As entrepreneurs and businessmen have begun investing heavily in co-working spaces, their safety becomes a matter of concern for the property owner. The easiest way to keep a record of all the employees is via a video based KYC identification.

Educational platforms & exams:  While this seems to be in the making, with the pandemic, it won’t be long before schools and colleges use Digital KYC to enrol students, especially for competitive exams where cheating is rampant.

Gaming: Gaming is one of the largest sectors that witness cybersecurity and fraud because there’s plenty of money involved that can be easily tampered with. Luckily, because of Video KYC’s AI integrated Facematch Liveliness and fraud detection tools, like the ones we offer, make it easier to detect and shut down these fraudsters.

At Kwik.ID, we understand the importance of security and the need to constantly evolve, especially while doing business online. As leading video KYC solution providers, we aspire to facilitate easy digital KYC across every sector, big or small.


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Monitoring and Evaluating your Video KYC Sessions

When you invest in a new tool to speed up your business, you most certainly want to analyse your return-on-investment over a period of time. No matter how big or small a business is, you want every penny’s worth, and at Kwik.ID that’s what we want too – to help you get your money’s worth.

While our 100% RBI-Complaint Video KYC Solution enables your business to #KeepMoving, monitoring and evaluating these sessions to assess the result and the success of this new intervention is what matters the most. This is imperative, especially when you need to study the company’s continuous performance, efficiency and effectiveness of the solution. Let us help you with that.

Along with umpteen benefits that our tool offers, our real-time dashboard plays an integral role in gauging your Video KYC success. The Kwik.ID dashboard offers a range of statistics and measures for you to improve your performance and get the best out of Video KYC.

Some of its features include:

  1. Real-Time Statistics – No matter when you log in, you’ll see an updated data dashboard that’ll give you an overall insight on historic and live sessions details and help you analyse areas of improvement. Statistics like Video KYC sessions, requests rejected, accepted, and approved, along with a graph of sessions completed, will help make decisions for future Video KYC sessions.
  • Anytime, Anywhere – This real-time data dashboard is available at all hours, all year round. Additionally, being a low bandwidth platform, you can enjoy Video KYC at low bandwith on the go.
  • AI-powered – Be it our Facematch and Liveliness feature, or data driven analytics, each and every step in Video KYC verification is Artificial Intelligence reliant. Techniques like automated data extraction, machine learning, and streamlining complex processes, all rely on Artificial Intelligence, which gives you a clear picture.
  • Customisation – Kwik.ID’s Video KYC dashboard offers you the option to choose the types of charts you want to focus on and presents you with data based on your preferences. You can choose an overall summary, a chart to analyse how well your agents are performing, another to gauge how many sessions you conducted, and even where your calls are coming from, so you can focus on consumer segments differently.
  • Easy – At Kwik.ID we strive to make Video based KYC identification accessible and easy-to-comprehend for all, owing to which our dashboard is clear, crisp, and simple.

With a holistic approach to providing you with every minor detail that’ll help boost your Video KYC sessions, our statistics include the following:

  • Video KYC requests rejected and requests approved
  • The Video KYC  request approved are further divided into results rejected or approved
  • Average session duration to help minimise your call time and maximise productivity
  • Average queue wait time because you definitely don’t want to keep customers waiting
  • Time taken by an agent to respond to a request
  • Daily, weekly, monthly statistics for you to keep track of everything, everyday.

Data-centric dashboards are not just an additional offering, but a necessity, especially when you’re doing business online. Find out more by registering for a demo of the Video KYC in India offered by Kwik.ID, today.

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All about AI based Facematch & Liveliness Detection

As technology seems to be taking over the world, businesses rely heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI), for almost every aspect of work. AI has seeped not only into your personal life, but also your professional life – from handling everyday tasks, aiding critical problem solving, onboarding customers seamlessly, and improving the overall customer experience.

With Kwik.ID’s Video KYC verification, onboarding customers is certainly made easy, but what makes it trustworthy are the Facematch and Liveliness tools that detect frauds, and prevent impersonation or identity theft of any sort. With the recent advances in AI and deep learning technology, face recognition accuracy has significantly increased.

Facematch and Liveliness are probably the most essential security features which ensure that the user is authentic and there is no foul play involved. High-speed and extremely accurate face recognition technology is based on convolutional neural networks of the latest architecture and most progressive methods of training. The algorithm is based on the neural network and a machine learning approach, unlike “traditional” algorithms based on mathematical model. While active 3D techniques detect movements like eye-blinking and facial movements, passive 3D uses internal algorithms to detect frauds, together making spoofing difficult for the user.

Facematch and Liveliness tools have been pathbreaking innovations in recent times, that facilitate easy and hassle-free business no matter where you or your customers are.

It is no surprise then that so many industries and sectors choose a Video KYC process over a traditional KYC, to ensure that their onboarding process is 100% secure and smooth.

Apart from just adopting Video KYC, here are some industries/sectors that have begun transforming with these tools:

  • Banking: For the banking sector, customer security and fraud prevention is of utmost importance. Facial recognition allows users to log in securely from the mobile banking apps.
  • Finance and Fintech: Financial institutions opt for facial recognition and liveliness tools for instant loans or users making regular payments.
  • Hospitality: Facial recognition is a preferred choice for verifying and authorising guests, especially at check-in.
  • Marketing: The Facematch algorithm helps you analyse your customers’ gender and age and allows you to evaluate your marketing strategy.
  • Trading platforms and exchanges: Facematch and liveness tools can be integrated into the platforms for distant account registration and verification of the account owner.

Other similar fields that choose Kwik.ID’s video KYC for its automated AI tools include insurance companies, brokerages, e-wallets, and NBFCs too.

At Kwik.ID, your data security and privacy have always been our top priority, therefore adopting these AI-powered tools for our instant Video KYC process was a pre-requisite.

The biggest benefit to you is making sure you aren’t being spoofed by a potential customer. But there are so many more benefits too:

  • Aids organisations in speedy KYC / authentication process
  • Authentication methods are efficient and highly accurate
  • Saves time and resources
  • Convenient and cost-effective
  • Determines real user presence during any type of financial transactions
  • Prevents duplicate ids and multiple account registrations for the same user

All of these features make Kwik.ID’s Video KYC a promising tool, which when integrated with your business platform, seamlessly differentiates between actual customers and fake ones. Also with Kwik.ID you will be able to enjoy Video KYC at low bandwith.

So far, after conducting over 50,000+ sessions, and achieving a success rate of over 85% on Video KYC sessions, our biggest learning has been that AI-powered tools have been a major success factor to build trust among KwikID’s clientele, helping us help you.


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How to Achieve a Video KYC Completion Rate of Over 85%?

The world’s going digital with Video KYC verification to onboard customers instantly, and so are you, because you want what’s best for your business. But just as you’re closing the deal with a potential customer you lose connectivity and, in the bargain, lose your customer, too. That’s something you don’t have to worry about if you opt for Kwik.ID as your Video KYC solution providers.

Low bandwidth is just one of the many reasons why your business may not achieve its desired VKYC completion rate. Other factors include:

  • Customers being ill-prepared with insufficient documents before the Video KYC session.
  • Low lighting, which prevents the potential customer from being clearly detected by our Face Recognition Tool.
  • Customers not being tech-savvy enough.

There’s more to the list, but with Kwik.ID’s Video KYC solution one can be sure these hiccups don’t persist, and you achieve a completion rate of over 85% while onboarding customers in just 3 minutes. Every obstacle that lowers your completion rate is eliminated with our tools. 

  • Pre-session Guidance: Our tutorials make it easy for your customers to grasp the process better and stay prepared, well in advance, with the necessary official verification documents.
  • Low Bandwidth Support: One of the primary reasons for a poor Video KYC completion rate is low bandwidth, but with Kwik.ID you will enjoy all the benefits of Video KYC at low bandwith. In case the agent or the customer is located in an erratic network area, this feature will keep the session moving. Our minimum bandwidth requirement is also as low as 176 kbps. 
  • HD Quality: Our Facematch and Liveliness Tools are designed to adjust to low bandwidth, so no matter how poor the internet connection is, the data detected and captured is always HD quality.
  • Lighting Alert: Poor lighting is another major concern that leads to a drop in the completion rate. Before the session begins, our Light Detection tool studies the lighting around you and the customer and notifies you to move to a well-lit area so that the session can be swift and smooth. 
  • Inclusive Platform: At Kwik.ID, we push the envelope and endeavour to create an inclusive platform. To eliminate any language barrier and/or technical issues our Video KYC platform provides visual cues and assertive measures to guide with the process, so as to make it quick and intuitive. Our textual chat option also eliminates any linguistic issues that the agent or customer might face.
  • Tech Support: Customers who aren’t tech-savvy might shy away midway through a session, leading to a drop in the completion rate. To overcome this, our assisted Video KYC allows the customer to screen-share with the agent, requesting guidance for complex processes like Aadhaar XML Generation. 
  • Third-Party Elimination: Kwik.ID Video KYC’s straightforward interface connects the potential customer to an assigned agent with a quick click of a link, unlike many others that necessitate the need for an external app to carry out the session. You don’t need an app at all to do the Video KYC using Kwik.ID.

Apart from ensuring that your business can #KeepMoving with a high completion rate of VKYC sessions, some of our other advantages are:

  • Being 100% RBI Compliant.
  • Easy to integrate.
  • 100% Data Privacy.
  • Fraud Prevention.
  • Supports Chrome, Safari, Android, iOS.

So far our customers have achieved a completion rate of over 85% on Kwik.ID’s Video KYC sessions and apart from all the above elements that aid this success, our AI predictive technology is yet another factor that plays an important role in predicting a Video KYC completion. Using data like the customer’s location, psychographic, mobile carrier network, and more, the software predicts whether a VKYC session is going to be completed successfully or not. 

At Kwik.ID our business is to get your business moving. With an array of features and advantages, Kwik.ID promises to ease out your VKYC sessions, so you can onboard customer in just 3 minutes and conduct business, stress-free. 

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Our Learnings from Completing 50,000 Video KYC Sessions

When we started Kwik.ID, it was with the simple idea of offering a ‘Kwik’ solution to organizations across every financial sector, who want to expedite their KYC processes and onboard customers almost instantly. Today, we have to our credit over 50,000 video KYC sessions and a loyal clientele who encourage us to push the envelope.

Having worked with almost every finance-based segment out there, including Banks, NBFCs, Insurance organizations, FinTechs, and even Gaming and Forex, among others, our journey along with 50,000+ Video KYC verification sessions has taught us plenty.

On average we conduct 1500 sessions a day and can handle 15 parallel sessions at any given point of time. All these sessions across markets gave us an insight into how each customer is unique in terms of requirement. How then does a single product benefit them all?

We learnt that one of the key factors that organizations feared with online KYC, was frauds and identity theft. Our immediate response was to include a Fraud Check that verifies customer identity with AI-powered Facematch. Our Liveliness engine protects against fraudsters by ensuring they are physically present and do not use digital photos/printed photos at any time during the process. Features like central database verification of OVDs, fuzzy text matching between details on all OVDs, and document tampering risk score are some of the additional measures that we incorporated to protect organizations’ interest.

Another problem we witnessed were the rejections due to lack of awareness among customers and the drop-offs owing to internet connectivity. While the former has seen immense growth, with more organizations moving towards a quicker video KYC approach for their business, the latter was a matter of concern because we didn’t want to disappoint keen customers. We configured our solution to work on low bandwidth mode and support lower android versions too, (currently supporting 4.4+ which is compatible with 97% of handsets in India), to ensure that customers and agents (authorized personnel from an organization) both enjoy a seamless journey, no matter where they access our Kwik.ID solution from.

Apart from all of this, we aspire to cater to our clientele with an easy 4-step process and scheduling of calls for a suitable time, so customers can attend the video KYC session as per their convenience and your business can #KeepMoving too. Win-win for all!

One of the greatest learnings came in January 2020, when we went live with one of the largest FinTech organizations in India with our 100% API driven solution which supports IOS, Android and Web. It has reduced the organization’s KYC timeframe drastically with a session lasting an average of 1.5 minutes, instead of the traditional week-long KYC process. Tests were carried out across tier 1, 2, and 3 cities, and we found that there have been zero bugs since we went live. 

Other features like providing software updates for free, eliminating the need for additional applications, being 100% RBI Complaint, and providing daily, weekly and monthly statistics for monitoring growth, are add-ons that other organizations enjoy and trust us with. All of these add up to our excellence in Video based KYC identification.

As they say, success is a 2-way street. While organizations rely on us, we rely on them to help us better our product. So that we can design a finely-honed solution that effectively delivers on all the stringent KYC norms, and promises you the ease of doing business, wherever, whenever.

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Alcohol e-commerce seems simple. But is it?

Why ID Verification is Key for Alcohol E-Sellers

The Indian government’s decision to permit the sale of liquor has come as a sweet relief to alcohol aficionados across the country, especially considering we are merely emerging from the shutting down of all liquor establishments which had led to an extra dry summer.

The liquor industry is hit hard this year; every year, March to June is the peak season for liquor sales, generating 40% of the year’s revenue [1] for the retailer, as well as the State. State excise duties on liquor is the second or third largest contributor of approximately 10-15% to the State’s Own Tax revenue[1]. As soon as the central government allowed the sale of liquor during the lockdown, the long queues outside each store, the stories of “very large” transactions, and a subsequent flouting of all social distancing norms bore testimony to the customer demand for liquor (as an essential item), along with the inherent risks associated with liquor sales. States were quick to roll back the permissions, while they figure out alternate mechanisms. Allowing home delivery of liquor – whether through online sales or through direct sale by liquor shops has emerged as a viable idea. Chhattisgarh and Punjab have already gone ahead and allowed specific partners to enable liquor sale online[2].

Selling liquor online is the perfect solution to ensure social distancing and other precautionary measures. This could help maintain social distancing norms while generating additional business for retail outlets. [2]

From where we see it – there are three huge risks of allowing liquor sales in the current scenario (especially online):

  • Social distancing – home delivery allows us to manage social distancing.
  • Health practices – Most restaurants and open businesses are actively talking about the norms they follow for best health practices – infrared thermometers, cleanliness, use of sanitizers, etc. Liquor businesses are not known to follow these.
  • Identity risk – Alcohol cannot be sold to under-age customers. And neither can (or should) it be sold above certain volumes.

With KwikID, at least the identity assessment and risk can be managed. Right from age-restriction checks, geo-fencing, address verification, VCIP Digital KYC solutions – KwikID has been designed for Regulated Entities, and has adapted itself to similar and simpler customer onboarding.

Using inbuilt functionalities like OCR, face match & real-time verification/authentication of government-issued documents, Kwik.ID enables the customer verification journey to be completed within a minute.

The age verification can be completed with just 2 simple steps:

  • Take a selfie
  • Provide valid government-issued ID proof like Aadhar, PAN, Driver’s license, Voter ID or Passport

Enabling alcohol sales through technology is a great idea. It helps keep these liquor shops viable, their staff employed, people happy, and state funds flowing. For delivery apps, liquor as a category increases the average order value and generates higher customer retention. Using smart Digital KYC partners like Kwik.ID can curtail the risk of delivery to underage customers, ease the verification process for retailers, reduce the task of delivery agents at the doorstep of the customer & enhance customer experience thereby creating a win-win situation for retailers, delivery apps and customers.

 To know more about Kwik.ID’s seamless e-KYC solution, please write to info@getkwikid.com.


[1] https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-why-states-are-so-keen-about-excise-duty-on-liquor-6393643/

[2]https://www.deccanherald.com/business/coronavirus-lockdown-30-liquor-industry-demands-govt-to-allow-online-sale-home-delivery-of-booze-833485.html

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Is your organisation eligible for digital KYC?

Recent regulatory changes have enabled financial institutions (banks, NBFC, fintechs, lending start-ups, insurance, etc.) to perform Video based KYC identification to on-board customers remotely.

  • Amendment to Master Direction (MD) on KYC by RBI, 9th January 2020
  • Clarification on KYC process and Usage of Technology for KYC, by SEBI, 24th April 2020
  • Press release by IRDA regarding Paperless KYC process through Aadhaar Authentication Services of UIDAI, 24th April 2020

Digitally streamlined KYC verification has spread through the industry like a breath of fresh air, even as it eases the customer onboarding process for financial and non-BFSI companies.

Owing to the much-needed easing of the burden on time and manpower costs, industry experts have welcomed this decision allowing them to leverage digital channels for the Customer Identification Process (CIP). The video-based customer identification process will make presence-less and paperless banking a reality.

This Video KYC verification is carried out by capturing a live photo of the customers and their official valid document during video sessions using smartphones. Geotagging done by capturing the latitude and longitude of the location where the photo was taken will confirm if the customer was in India while submitting the proof.

As customers do not need to submit physical copies of identity proof, the possibilities for identity theft are eliminated. This, coupled with the advantages of lower KYC costs and seamless onboarding experience for borrowers, definitely makes it an attractive alternative to the current physical KYC.

Even though this method is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced face-matching technology to establish the user’s identity, the real onus of customer identification remains with the official. Hence, it is mandatory that this task will have to be performed only by officials of the Regulated Entities (REs).

This has definitely come as a blessing to fintech start-ups as they will not be required to invest in any equipment nor bear the cost of sending an official to remote locations for customer identification. Any organization looking to reap the benefits of Digital KYC will need to find the perfect technological partner who can provide them with the right tools to simplify their customers’ KYC journey.

The easing of the KYC norms by the Government might have made your company eligible for Digital KYC but is your organization tech ready to harness it?

To know more about Kwik.ID’s seamless e-KYC solution, please write to info@getkwikid.com.