Exploring the Benefits of Physical and Mobile ID Co-existence – Webinar Now Available

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Dominic Tavassoli, VP Product Marketing and Management,  and Steve Warne, Solutions Marketing Director

As so many of our daily tasks and authentication needs migrate to mobile applications, it’s natural to wonder whether physical ID cards will be replaced by mobile IDs carried on our phones.  Not only is this unlikely to happen, we see a strong case for the continued coexistence of cards and mobile IDs for the forseeable future.   We recently hosted a webinar on the subject, during which we shared how government issuers and their citizens can benefit from combined physical and mobile IDs.

One of the examples we showcased in our webinar is the Nigerian Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BCMR) vehicle registration card program, which provides real-time access to vehicle/vehicle owner information via credentials and mobile readers powered by HID Global’s highly secure Seos® platform.  Previously, citizens received only a handwritten receipt after registering their cars.  Now, registered car owners are issued a physical ID card with a fingerprint biometric that can be verified in the field by law enforcement officials with a mobile reader. The BCMR is also using our goID™ platform to pilot an option for delivering mobile credentials to citizens’ phones immediately after completing the registration process.  This will enable them to prove ownership during the vulnerable six- to eight-week period after registration when they have not yet received their ID card.

Offering two identity options also increases the value government entities (like the BCMR) can provide their citizens.  Some people prefer physical cards, and for many, the images printed on them are a source of national pride.  Others want the convenience of accessing their IDs on their phones, increasing the likelihood that they will always have their ID with them. The availability of both ID types improves citizens’ choices, while also giving governments the opportunity to implement strong authentication by having each form factor act as a trust anchor for the other.  As an example, in higher-security applications, governments might want citizens to prove they have a physical card before sending them a mobile ID.  Citizens could, for instance, use their phones to take and send a picture of their card, or enter a set of information that is printed on it. 

For more information about how physical and mobile IDs can work together to provide a truly trusted identity, listen to our webinar.