Press Release: ArkHive by Timpson — the world’s first identity shop, powered by Mydex
Timpson have opened a pilot shop for their new concept brand, ‘ArkHive- The identity shop by Timpson’ in Henley-on-Thames. This pilot shop will be used to test a variety of identity-focused services. One of these services is verification, capture and digitisation of documents and forms of evidence an individual needs to prove their identity e.g. an individual who cannot verify their identity online, a potential employee for a job, bank to open an account or, get a loan or mortgage.
The services are on offer to both organisations and individuals. Mydex CIC, its Trust Framework and Platform provide the underpinning Identity as a Service that delivers the ArkHive ID, the personal data store at the heart of ArkHive services itself and its consent management. Mydex CIC was selected for its high availability, security and external independent certifications for ISO27001 (Information Security Management System) its community interest company status and as a certified Fair Data Enabler.
Mydex CIC are facilitating many of the services at ArkHive which Timpson believe could end up forming part of their service offering in their core estate of retail branches. These services will help address identity verification and assurance requirements across the public, private and third sectors, providing the important missing link between online and offline transactions. Timpson have already run trials with the public sector at ArkHive and are keen to continue doing so.
All verified documents and evidence of identity are stored in the Mydex-powered ArkHive, which means consumers can capture evidence once and share it when and where they need to. The UK Government’s GOV.UK Verify scheme could benefit from ArkHive services by enabling individuals with limited identity evidence to capture what they have and make it available to any of the certified companies, using the data sharing capabilities of the Mydex Platform — all with informed consent of the citizen.
Timpson have over 1,400 hundred shops across the UK today. The first ArkHive shop is being trialled for 6 months. If successful, Timpson plan to expand the ArkHive brand further into major cities across the UK. Alternatively, particular services may be selected to form part of the offering in their existing retail shops.
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Head of Retail — ArkHive at Timpson
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