Education has seen a significant digital transformation – and although this gained momentum before the Covid-19 pandemic, it has accelerated significantly because of it. In particular, the need for online assessments has grown in relevance and importance, and this trend is expected to continue.
Sumadi helps organizations around the world – from universities to government agencies, certification providers and enterprises – adapt to this digital transformation by providing flexible, cost-effective and secure automated monitoring solutions for online assessments. . Sumadi’s solutions have played a pivotal role in enabling assessments to continue virtually – so students can be assessed and graduated, employees can be credentialed, and people can continue their professional and personal development – regardless of the pandemic.
Points of difference
Sumadi uses the latest AI-powered facial recognition and typing, authentication and browser tracking solutions to ensure the integrity of online reviews. It offers the only automated monitoring solutions that can be delivered:
• in several languages,
• At scale,
• with real-time client reporting (capable of processing millions of images per hour).
Using Amazon Web Services’ global cloud infrastructure (the most secure, extensive and reliable cloud platform), Sumadi is able to separate deployments in multiple regions around the world, delivering over 50,000 ratings at a time.
Proven large-scale secure assessments
An example of how Sumadi’s solutions have been used for large-scale yet highly secure online assessments is its work with the Colombian Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education (ICFES – part of the Colombian Ministry of National Education). Sumadi’s solutions helped deliver 326,000 online state exams (which lasted up to five hours) to students across the country, as well as overseas, at a time when social distancing and health restrictions prohibited in-person testing.
“We oversaw these online exams as they unfolded by creating electronic academic records and identifying students who violated exam rules,” said Raúl Rivera, Executive Director of Sumadi. . “Our supervision consisted of identifying students who might try to open a restricted web page, look at their cell phone, or talk to another person.”
Throughout the exams, continuous facial authentications of students were recorded, producing recordings automatically and generating real-time alerts for exam evaluators. In the case of ICFES, Sumadi has captured over 181 million photo records.
Following the success of the project, Colombia became the first country in the world to organize exams on such a large scale, online and simultaneously.
“Using the latest advances in AI and facial recognition technology, we have ensured the integrity of these exams, enabling fair and unbiased assessment of all students, wherever they are,” Rivera said. . “Importantly, the project helped contain the spread of Covid-19 and ensured the safety of students when taking their exams from home, enabling them to complete their assessment requirements and avoid significant impacts on their learning outcomes.”
Sumadi is committed to the highest standards of data security and privacy, and complies with the strictest global standards.
These standards include the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 Proactive Controls and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Customer support with tailor-made solutions
Sumadi’s industry-leading service and support model ensures the successful delivery of its solutions and sets it apart from other vendors.
The Sumadi team understands that exams may require different proctoring, which is why solutions, services, and support are tailored to best meet customer needs.
Once implementations are in place, the customer service team trains customers to use Sumadi’s solutions, with follow-up sessions scheduled regularly or on demand. Self-service resources are available at all times and live chat service is available in English and Spanish. Live chat will soon be available 24/7.
Partnership with OneConnect in Africa
Sumadi works alongside its preferred partner in Africa, OneConnect, to deliver its automated surveillance solutions across South Africa and the continent.
The organization – listed as one of the Top 10 EdTech Startups in Europe in 2020 and one of the Top 10 Biometric Solution Providers in Europe in 2021 (by Enterprise Security Magazine) — intends to modernize and simplify online supervision and validation of information for training and certification providers here.
“We are proud to partner with OneConnect to support online learning in Africa. Like Sumadi, OneConnect is an innovative solution provider, and together we will help protect learning outcomes and ensure the integrity of online assessments,” said Rivera. “Our plan is to pave the way for virtual supervision of online assessments. This is an exciting time for both of our organizations.
Characteristics of Sumadi solutions
Advanced computer vision and webcam monitoring
Using the latest advancements in machine learning, Sumadi enables secure and continuous user tracking, analysis and image processing in real time.
Increased security with Sumadi Secure Browser
A simplified experience and security of a user’s device and operating system if provided through the Sumadi Secure Browser (S2B). Combining multiple controls, Sumadi captures key review context information, such as if a user is leaving, and reports it in real time for reviewers to review.
Multi-factor authentication and verification
Sumadi provides alternative identity verification and authentication through advanced, accurate and secure digital biometrics. Note: Sumadi will support other multi-factor authentication mechanisms and digital biometrics (e.g. voice recognition).
An instructor/evaluator can review all webcam snapshots, face authentications, and browser focus tracking reports in an aggregate or detailed view per individual user. Reports and analytics are available in real time and ready to review during or after an exam.
After landing on the Sumadi platform, the user is prompted to create their unique facial profile (which will be used for each exam) and undergo facial authentication. The Sumadi Exam Wizard guides the user through the process of authenticating and entering their exam.
Born in the cloud and easy to integrate
Sumadi was developed from the ground up as a cloud-based platform, with no legacy systems, which enables greater cloud computing efficiency and enables the latest software architecture.
Quickly and easily detect unwanted behavior
Sumadi analyzes data in real time and flags suspicious behavior, allowing reviewers to easily identify a specific user’s review that requires review.
Confidentiality and data security
Sumadi builds trust by collecting only the necessary data and has detailed data retention policies. Data protection impact assessments are carried out regularly.
For more information on Sumadi’s automated monitoring solutions, contact OneConnect at: [email protected]