HID Global, a leader in secure identity solutions, announced this week it has entered the market for mobile citizen IDs that can be carried on smartphones, leveraging the company’s solutions that have proven the benefits of mobility across a wide variety of secure identity applications. 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 a mobile ID with the highest level of privacy protection.
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.
Powered by HID Global’s Seos® technology, the HID goID™ platform for mobile IDs goes further to enable instant over-the-air provisioning and streamlined access to cloud-based government information services with the assurance that all transactions are secure and trustworthy. 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.
Seos technology has already demonstrated the 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. (A Zogby Analytics poll of 18- to 34-year olds who have smartphones revealed that 39% would like to verify their identity with a digital ID instead of showing a driver’s license.)
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. Key focus areas include: preventing fraud through authentication over secure channels; optimizing 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 utilizing a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection so users can electronically present their credentials without physically relinquishing their smartphones.
Read this article on mobile driver’s licenses by Joseph Pearson, vice president, Government ID business unit of HID Global.