Validating indentiy on a wireless network
The card is a token given upon successful enrolment or registration into the National Identity System.Unlike the National Identification Number (NIN) which is assignable to all Nigerians and Legal Residents without any age restrictions, the National e-ID Card can only be issued to Nigerians registered into the National Identity System and Legal Residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above.
Secure Key’s partner banks will be among the first to use this digital network, but the aim is to broaden out its usage both beyond banks and Canada’s borders, said Wolfond.And then when you want to share it, you’ll share the minimum that you need to with a party with your consent,” he said.The process is aimed to be easier for consumers and less costly for companies, he added.The card is smart and trendy with relevant security features to forestall fraudulent activities.Canada’s biggest banks will be among the first to use a digital identity network powered by blockchain when Toronto-based Secure Key Technologies — in partnership with IBM — launches it later this year.The e-ID card has provisions for 13 applets out of which five (5) is activated at the point of collecting the card.
The five (5) active applets are: The applets are designed to facilitate interactions of individuals with Government and with Institutions using the National e-ID Card to be able to assess wide range of services.
The network, which is in the testing phase in Canada at large institutions including Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank, will allow consumers to use a mobile app to confirm details of their identity such as age or credit scores when accessing services, said Secure Key’s chief executive Greg Wolfond.
For example, a consumer on the network could apply for a new apartment or a new mobile phone plan without the “friction” of having to sign documents or provide identification in person, he added.“To do this in Canada, we’re kind of aligning an ecosystem of banks and telcos and governments to say, let’s work together on a standard that makes it safer for all citizens, but also easier to get things done,” Wolfond said.
Last October, several of Canada’s large banks including RBC, TD, Scotiabank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal and Desjardins joined Secure Key’s digital identity ecosystem and collectively invested $27-million in the company.
In February, Secure Key and the non-profit organization Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) received a grant of up to US$800,000 from the Command Control and Interoperability Centre for Advanced Data Analytics (a research centre funded by the U. Department of Homeland Security) to enable the development of a cloud-based identity ecosystem.
He would not say when the digital identity network would be launched, or how many companies have signed up.