HID moves into mobile citizen ID

08/04/16

HID Global says it has entered the market for mobile citizen IDs that can be carried on smartphones.

According to the company, the HID goID platform for mobile IDs enables driver licenses and other government IDs to be carried on smartphones that become all-in-one devices for receiving, presenting and authenticating mobile IDs with the highest level of privacy protection.  It says this marks a new era in which individuals will be able to confidently use their smartphone as their secure, trusted ID, and governments can reach a new level of convenience in issuing IDs and extending their relationships with citizens.

“Mobile IDs will simplify people’s lives, empower them with more applications and increase the level of trust for individuals to use their digital identity,” says Rob Haslam, vice president and managing director of the Government ID business within HID Global.  “As the first solution to enable convenient yet secure issuing and receiving of credentials over the air, the HID goID platform creates a brand new category for mobile citizen IDs.  Governments around the world already rely on HID Global for major programmes, such as the US Green Card, Ireland Passport datapage, Angola National ID and more; HID goID lays the foundation for HID Global to lead the industry’s evolution to mobile IDs as well.”

Powered by HID Global’s Seos technology, the HID goID platform for mobile IDs enables over-the-air provisioning and access to cloud-based government information services. HID says this ensures all transactions related to issuing, managing and presenting credentials using mobile phones are conducted in a highly secure, closed-circuit environment protected by end-to-end encryption.

The company adds: “Seos technology has already demonstrated the transformational power of mobile IDs in numerous applications, and there is growing demand for this capability to provide the equivalent of a digital wallet for carrying multiple identities tied to the user’s one true identity.  With IDs on smartphones, citizens are in control of the data made available in different scenarios, such as only showing a person’s photo and age.”

HID Global is now engaging with national governments and state and provincial driver’s license agencies about the possibility of launching goID pilots that will explore each jurisdiction’s specific platform deployment objectives and requirements.

The company says the solution will eliminate the need for people to stand in lines for new cards and renewals.  “Key focus areas include: preventing fraud through authentication over secure channels; optimising flexibility for online authentication if a citizen’s smartphone battery is dead; simplifying issuance through over-the-air provisioning as already proven at universities, banks, hotels, hospitals and other institutions leveraging Seos technology; and protecting privacy by using a smartphone’s bluetooth connection so users can electronically present their credentials without physically relinquishing their smartphones.”

HID Global will be showcasing the the HID goID platform at SDW 2016, 10-12 May, London, UK. SDW is a world-leading conference and exhibition event providing a global showcase for next-generation human identity solutions, focusing on intrinsic document security and on the new cutting-edge secure infrastructure now required to produce and use these advanced documents in live situations. www.sdw2016.com

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