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Estonian startup Veriff starts verifying customers on Berlin’s public transportation

Berlin’s public transport company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has chosen Veriff to verify people’s identities in Jelbi, its freshly-launched mobility app. Jelbi is a one-stop transport shop for all commuters and travellers in Berlin.

Veriff will be validating users in the Jelbi app, which covers Berlin’s entire public transportation system, scooters, bikes, ride-hailing and car sharing, as well as traditional taxis, writes. The BVG transport network is made up of ten underground railway lines (U-Bahn), 22 tram lines and more than 150 bus lines, as well as 6 ferries, and provides mobility around the clock. More than a billion passengers use the buses and railways operated by the BVG every year.

The technology will ensure that the person is who they claim to be. BVG selected Veriff as a verification partner based on safety needs. The company’s multi-layered security solution is safer than face-to-face identification.

According to founder Kaarel Kotkas, it’s great to see a shift in the industry’s mindset where businesses are looking for more secure solutions that also accommodate clients’ needs. “Veriff enables Jelbi to give a convenient service to people without compromising on security. BVG makes Berlin a pioneering example of the Smart City by merging different mobility providers into a single application. People have an easy access to many transportation means within the city. It’s an honour for us to support this innovation with our product.”

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