(CNN)A 26-year-old from Ivory Coast has won the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
Charlette N'Guessan is the first woman to win the award, which could revolutionize cyber security and help curb identity fraud on the continent.
N'Guessan and her team won the £25,000 award (about $33,000) for BACE API, a digital verification system that uses Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition to verify the identities of Africans remotely and in real time.
BACE API works by matching the live photo of a user to the image on their documents such as passports or ID card, N'Guessan said.
For websites and online applications that have BACE API integrated in them, users will be verified via their webcam to establish their identity.
"For the person trying to submit their application, we ask them to switch on their camera to make sure the person behind the camera is real, and not a robot.
"We are able to capture the face of the person live and match their image with the one on the existing document the person submitted," she explained.