ZEAL bolsters lottery player protection measures with new Nect AI partnership

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ZEAL Network SE has joined forces with trust services provider Nect to modernise the protection of minors when playing the lottery.

The German lottery provider will utilise Nect’s AI-based identity verification technology for the safety of minors, but also to facilitate new customer registration and improve its existing level of player protection.

Identification for lottery players will now be made possible via self-filmed video, through the use of Nect Ident.

This fully automated identification method, based on AI, will allow users to independently identify themselves using an ID document and a ‘selfie video’ on an app.

“As a provider of online lotteries, youth protection is central and omnipresent for us,” said Helmut Becker, CEO of ZEAL. “That’s why we place the highest value on using innovative technologies that make the registration process secure and transparent for both sides.

“We are delighted to have Nect at our side, a partner that specialises in developing technical innovations for a secure digital future.

“By using Nect Ident, we will be able to even better ensure that the players who register for our online offers really do meet the regulatory requirements for playing the lottery.”

The integrated technology also detects attempts at digital manipulation, ensuring ZEAL can discern fake profiles from real accounts and block out false identities.

Benny Bennet Jürgens, CEO of Nect, added: “Youth control should be as simple and at the same time as safe as possible.

“Both sides benefit from AI-based identification – users can identify themselves independently and within a very short time, and companies can be sure that their new customers are really the people they claim to be.

“We are delighted to partner with ZEAL to modernise new customer registration for lottery play.”

This marks the latest move by ZEAL to utilise AI after last month’s partnership with Danish company Mindway AI which helps the former to identify gamblers potentially at risk of gambling addiction.