Liquid Avatar Digital Wallet App Deployed, Convenience Store Age Verification Approved
Liquid Avatar Technologies has released a new version of its mobile app designed to allow users to have verifiable digital credentials based on biometrics, and has entered into an agreement with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) to develop a age verification program in over 8,000 stores. Locations.
A program called “Smart Age” will be created by Liquid Avatar and the OCSA to allow privacy-preserving age checks for purchases of products subject to an age limit. Lottery sales represent just one category of age-restricted products sold in convenience stores across the Canadian province and account for 17% of total revenue, according to the announcement.
“The LAVCE platform as well as the Liquid Avatar digital wallet are ideal for age verification functions for small businesses,” said David Lucatch, CEO of Liquid Avatar. “C stores sell more age-restricted products than any other retail location and have the least resources. We know that our modern and profitable tool will give these operators the assurance that not only is the patron they claim to be, but that they are indeed of legal age.
The partnership represents the first major business step towards the potential large-scale adoption of Liquid Avatar.
The updated Liquid Avatar mobile app forms the basis for a full commercial deployment and offers a host of new features, including a completely redesigned user interface.
The tool now also allows holders to use verifiable digital identification information based on blockchain technology to share Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including health tests, vaccination records and government identification.
The Liquid Avatar mobile app was first launched this year as a pilot program and has recorded over 13,000 downloads in recent months.
“From the start, our goal has been to provide consumers with a cloud-based platform and services that give them full control over their information and privacy, and protect them from loss, damage or theft.” Lucatch said in a separate announcement.
“I believe we did it, and we did it at no cost to the consumer,” he said.
In terms of specific new features, the Liquid Avatar mobile app now offers a revamped login experience based on facial recognition, as well as a new user interface in the app.
Users can now use the digital ID solution to share any of the characters associated with an avatar via QR code or via email, messaging or social channels.
Information sharing has been improved with the addition of more privacy and data control settings, all biometrically secured through facial recognition.
Additionally, Liquid Avatar Technologies has enhanced the augmented reality (AR) experience of the digital wallet app, allowing users to see unique offers and virtual rewards, coupons, and other discounts by pointing cameras. their phones to specific physical locations.
Liquid Avatar holds a stake in Indicio.tech
Along with the business steps taken with the update to the digital wallet app, Liquid Avatar has extended its support for the decentralized identity ecosystem. The company quietly announced that it had invested $ 100,000 in Indicio.tech, a decentralized identity host and developer, earlier this year.
The investment would help Liquid Avatar Technologies develop solutions, including for issuing and verifying COVID-19 test results, in accordance with the same data privacy principles and technical standards as the Province of Ontario’s plan. for digital identity.
To encourage future adoption of its technology by businesses and governments, Liquid Avatar has also confirmed that it will offer a Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS and Android.
Engineers will be able to integrate the SDK into a variety of applications, for use with corporate and government portals, and other solutions designed to easily and efficiently support digital wallets and verifiable credentials.
“This significant update to the Liquid Avatar mobile app provides a framework, with Liquid Avatar’s Verifiable Credentials Ecosystem (LAVCE) and our upcoming SDKs, to create an interoperable system that enables cardholders, issuers and verifiers to integrate with other applications, services and providers similar to card and payment networks and ATMs, ”Lucatch said.
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