US tech vendor touts citizen IDs on mobile phones

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Texas-based identity solutions vendor HID Global has entered the market for mobile citizen IDs that can be carried on smartphones, leveraging the success of the company?s solutions that have proven the benefits of mobility across a wide variety of secure identity applications.

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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.

This marks a new era in which individuals will be able to 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,? said 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 programs, 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 goes much 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 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.

A Zogby Analytics poll of 18- to 34-year olds who have smartphones revealed that 39 percent would like to verify their identity with a digital ID instead of showing a driver?s license. 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 said it is now engaging with national governments 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 solution will eliminate the need for people to stand in lines for new cards and renewals.

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