ProxyAddress founder Chris Hildrey has partnered up with Scottish software firm Amiqus Resolution Ltd to build secure identity verification software to help vulnerable people. The new software will be used by ProxyAddress, a government-backed startup, to provide those facing homelessness with a secure stable address.
When facing homelessness or the loss of a permanent address as a means of identification, those individuals are then also at risk of losing access to basic services such as benefits and bank accounts.
To tackle this problem ProxyAddress uses the vacant addresses owned by local authorities and others to connect those facing homelessness with the support they need.
However, before local authorities can issue a proxy address, in accordance with the latest anti-money laundering regulation, they need a secure and reliable method of verifying the identity of the person in need of assistance. The new software created by the partnership will help solve this issue by being in line with the latest anti-money laundering regulations while providing verification.
Fintech Monzo, Ordnance Survey-led Geovation and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts in partnership with Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth are among those providing a network of project support.
Hildrey, said, “Amiqus is helping bring the years of hard work behind ProxyAddress to fruition and real-world application. By building a platform through which vulnerable people can prove their identity, we will be able to provide each ‘proxy’ address with the confidence that it can connect those who face homelessness to the services they need for support, independence and recovery.”
Amiqus CEO Callum Murray said, “Working with ProxyAddress is a natural extension of our mission to improve access to civil justice and a great way for our team to practice the kind of problem-solving that will benefit our other products too.
“Chris has put in an immense amount of work getting ProxyAddress in front of the right people and we’re excited to help him take it to live trials as one partner among many who’ve recognised the value in the practical approach he’s put forward. Our aim is to strengthen the societal impact our software can have by working with the right partners like ProxyAddress and FinTech Scotland.”
The Edinburgh-headquartered company’s software, Amiqus ID, is already being used by over 150 legal, accountancy, property and recruitment firm across the UK to perform legally required client identity and anti-money laundering compliance checks.