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Will security fears limit the transition of identity applications to the smartphone?

March 27, 2015  | Subscribers Only


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One of the major developments in the Smart Card industry has been the proliferation of multiple applications on the smartphone that originally would have required separate devices. While the evolution of the payment, transportation and communication segments has drawn big headlines, the important area of eGovernment and Healthcare ID has received less interest.

The development of the smartphone as the master device for a range of applications has been one of the major themes in Mobile World Congress 2015, and there is no expectation that anything but the smartphone will hold this role.

The development of different eID solutions has also been active with a range of announcements: Iranian mumblings of introducing a national eID card programme1; Egypt and MasterCard adapting the current Egyptian eID card2, made by Morpho, to offer payment functions when dealing with government services; Oman launching biometric border control; and a recent meeting of Economic Community of West African States3 that focused on the use of a biometric ID card for travel within the zone.

With smartphones becoming an ever increasing focal point of interconnectivity for a large proportion of the world, it seems inevitable that ....

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