We talked to José Luis Huertas Fernández, CEO at Mobbeel about biometric solutions for digital identity verification and this is what he said about it.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: We are living in challenging and uncertain times, but fortunately, my family haven’t been infected by the coronavirus yet. We see the light at the end of the tunnel with the release of the vaccine, and therefore, we hope to recover our lives soon.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your children. As CEO, you have the responsibility to protect your team too. For that reason, at Mobbeel, we are working remotely since February 2020, adapting our processes to this new scenario.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Mobbeel.
José Luis Huertas Fernández: In the year 2008, I used to work at IBM as a software developer next to my friends and current partners at Mobbeel. When Google launched the “Android Developer Challenge” worldwide, we decided to present a solution to verify a user through the iris using biometric recognition technology for mobile devices. We became finalists and decided to create the company.
Thus, Mobbeel was founded in 2009 aimed to develop solutions to identify users conveniently and securely. A sheer number of top-tier clients in different sectors such as banking and finance, insurance, health, telecommunications, or online gaming, rely on our technology to prove their clients’ identity in a variety of cases. From the first moment, they begin their relationship through identity verification in a digital onboarding process until the multi-biometric recognition each time they access the system or authorize a transaction through the biometric signature to validate legal contracts or agreements.
How does Mobbeel innovate?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: Innovation is one of the major Mobbeel’s pillars since its birth. The development of our own technology is a great challenge within a highly competitive and ongoing upgraded global market. Our R&D department is in charge of keeping the company in the forefront by researching and developing technologies to optimize biometrics identity verification processes in two main fields: fraud detection and biometric security.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought with it new challenges for companies across the globe. In this paradigm change, we need to ensure that user verification is done as reliably and securely as possible using cutting-edge technologies that allow us to define our digital identity. Pioneers in biometric recognition technology for mobile devices without the need for specific hardware, we keep working and innovating to achieve excellence.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: Companies face the challenge of adapting to this scenario, resisting and evolving towards more and more digital and efficient processes. As a result, we have noticed an increase in the demand for our solutions and services since identity verification is crucial for digital transformation within companies.
Yet the obstacles which the team has to face because of the remote work may cause a lot of problems and lead to the lack of work-life balance as well as lack of belonging. We are working hard with these issues.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and Mobbeel in the future?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: I love cycling, and that’s my strongest weapon when it comes to fighting stress and anxiety.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: We are very flexible both from a technical and a commercial point of view, having different products and license schemes, but the main competitive advantage is that we provide a wide range of solutions regarding identity verification that other companies don’t have, covering user identification during a digital Onboarding process, user authentication through biometric technology and digital signature. Each of our products or use cases have their own vertical and competitors, but some of our key competitors are Onfido, Jumio, or Mitek.
Your final thoughts?
José Luis Huertas Fernández: Investing in technologies that makes user verification more efficient and secure in the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will make the difference in providing a seamless user experience.
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