Biometric Authentication Service in the Cloud

The BioID Web Service

BioID Web Service (BWS) is a cloud-based online service providing powerful multimodal biometric technology. User presence is verified through highly accurate face and periocular recognition, strongly secured by liveness detection. Our biometric authentication is as intuitive and user-friendly as taking a selfie and as trustworthy as a face-to-face transaction. Implemented as ‘Biometrics as a Service’ it can enhance the security of existing infrastructures in an easy way, avoiding costly redesign and reimplementation. BWS enables advanced, enterprise-grade biometric recognition available to everyone, on any device, anytime, anywhere, with dynamic scaling for reliable performance and availability.

You can test our biometric service including APIs such as Liveness Detection, Verification or PhotoVerify for free on our demo platform, the BioID Playground.


Cloud-based by design

Easy to implement, scalable, cost-effective and available everywhere, anytime, on any device


Privacy by design

EU data centers, data minimalism & anonymous recognition without additional personally identifying information 


Security by design

Fraud prevention by means of patented anti-spoofing liveness detection

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Biometrics as a Service at a Glance

  • Liveness Detection – “Are you really there?”: Patented anti-spoofing presentation attack detection against photo and video replays for preventing identity fraud, e. g. for legally binding actions or financial transactions
  • PhotoVerify – “Are you the one on the ID?”: Automated verification of ID ownership through high-quality comparison of the person and the ID photo, e. g. for identity verification when opening a bank account
  • Enroll “How can I recognize you?” Registration and training of facial features for the following authentication processes
  • Verify – “Are you who you say you are?”: 1:1 face recognition for biometric authentication. Used for online login, identity proofing, transaction authorization, etc. including our biometric service liveness detection
  • Identify – “Who are you?” or “Are you on the list?”: One-to-many matching for detecting duplicate registrations and users of special interest (e.g. blacklist search), for online registration, background check, etc.
  • Quality Check – High-precision image quality check to ICAO & ISO/IEC standards for biometric passport or ID photos, mug shots

The BioID Web Service is tailored to delivering a privacy-assured face and periocular recognition with a maximum of safety and accuracy. Our biometric service enables strong authentication, fraud prevention and automated identity verification. Omni-channel and not bound to a certain device.

Find out more about the integration of our service and our APIs:

Biometric Authentication Web Service
Powerful APIs Implemented Easily

Offered as an API service, the BioID Web Service is easily integrated into any existing application infrastructure. Biometric data is kept anonymous to protect user privacy and is completely under the control of the service provider. As a cloud service, it dynamically scales up to any performance and storage requirements, making it available at all times and applicable for a wide range of usage scenarios. The BioID Connect service lets you integrate quickly using standard protocols, while the BioID mobile app makes it especially easy to integrate BWS with your mobile apps and mobile websites.

Users are managed in BWS via an anonymous ID, providing privacy-protecting separation of biometric data and other personally identifying information: we have no way of knowing who your users are, and you don’t have to manage any biometric data. This design is especially directed to facilitating GDPR compliance through strong data protection and pseudonymized data handling.

BioID Web Service (BWS) – the world’s first ‘biometrics as a service’ – is the product that powers a great variety of biometric authentication use cases. Platform and device independent, BWS is geared towards application developers of any service or software with access to the internet. BWS has been developed as a cloud service, clearly focusing on ‘privacy by design’ and ‘security by design’ principles.

Integration is simple and flexible with no on-premises software to install or maintain, simply a choice of SOAP or RESTful APIs, so developers can concentrate on their core applications and leave the biometric service – as well as the data storage – to us.

Some of our bank customers and governmental institutions require on-prem installations for regulatory compliance. Thus, if needed, we also offer our biometric authentication service BWS on-premises. Please contact us for information.

biometric authentication as a web service

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Easy to implement

  • Simple well-engineered SOAP or RESTful Web API
  • Ready-to-use GUI available at GitHub (for RESTful API)
  • Developer documentation and examples online

Easy to manage

  • Accessible online over standard ports
  • Instant start; no software installation needed
  • Management dashboard  for accounting & performance

Built for performance

  • Cloud-based solution; dedicated local data centers worldwide
  • Transparent high scalability with load balancer
  • Exclusive instances for the customer
  • Storage separated from processing

Secure by design

  • Data transfer protected with strong TLS/SSL encryption
  • All communication endpoints are secured
  • Access control with X.509 client certificates (SOAP) or app token (REST)
  • Default European data centers, choice of other locations upon request

Privacy inclusive

  • Separation of biometric data from other personally identifiable information
  • Anonymous storage of biometric template
  • Only image data is processed, only template is stored
  • Strong encryption of data and transport

Interested in pricing options for our biometric authentication service BWS?