Guest Post: The 4 key elements for a solid digital identity foundation
10 April 2018 19:48 GMT

By Miguel Leitmann, Group CEO, Vision-Box

An identity has an inestimable value as the soul of a nation representing the traditions, cultures and politics of its individuals. At the same time, it has a tangible value promoting stability and the integrity of a country by the individuals representing it. Identity management effectively enables security, governmental efficiency and value for people. Deploying an integrated digital identity strategy, a Trusted Chain of Identity, based on high quality enrolment and seamless identification processes solves fundamental challenges. These are enablers of real-time information transactions, streamlining access to citizen services and facilitating legitimate travel, while combating illegal activity and identity fraud. A Trusted Chain of Identity fundamentally relies on 4 pillars. 

1. Biometrics as harmonizer of identity orchestration

State-of-the-art biometric solutions verify an individual’s identity with the utmost accuracy. Machine-readable passports and electronic ID Cards offer a secure and confident way to identify people using self-service or supported devices in a few seconds, at any citizen facility or border. New and emerging technologies boost security and efficiency levels all the while enhancing the citizens’ experience. Furthermore, biometrics establish a harmonized common ground for centralized identity orchestration, where a biometric token is the most reliable and effective trigger of identity assurance to empower accurate data transactions.

2. Future-proof biometric enrollment towards efficient verification

High quality enrollment, at the time of requesting an ID document or a migrant arriving at the border, is fundamental to guarantee a sustainable identity ecosystem. It is the moment when biometric and biographic information of a person is captured to define their identity. Enrollment solutions must be capable to capture and consolidate high quality data in compliance with international guidelines such as ICAO’s. This determines the integrity of document personalization and the success and efficiency of border control and other downstream operations, (e.g. border control, attribution of social benefits, collecting tax and elections).

3. Seamless citizen touchpoints

Automated biometric enrollment and verification touchpoints, such as kiosks, ABC eGates, desktop and portable stations interface the needs of citizens with the needs of a government to establish the ground-truth identity of each person. Small-size, plug & play, user-centric solutions can nowadays reliably enroll or validate a person’s identity on the fly in a variety of different environments. Providing a user-friendly interface brings new efficiency opportunities speeding up transactions and reducing congestion at traditionally crowded services.

4. Integrated Entry / Exit points

Integrating entry and exit points into a smart borders scheme is pivotal in establishing a Trusted Chain of Identity. Using a reliable network of intelligent touchpoints throughout borders offers real-time, historical or advanced data on travelers. At the same time, a powerful border orchestration software aggregating air, land and seaport borders supports governments in assessing profiles and risk, make instant verifications against watch lists, anticipate threats at the border and smartly manage resources. Rich, flexible intelligence tools provide the power to make accurate, informed decisions, take anticipated measures and facilitate low-risk travel.

Vision-Box will be exhibiting at connect:ID – 30 April - 2 May 2018 in Washington DC. connect:ID is an innovative international conference and a free global exhibition that together focus on all aspects of identity technologies and the opportunities for their management in both the physical and digital worlds.

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