The compelling case for a Digital ID Wallet
To this enthusiastic user base, Thales' Digital ID Wallet brings three persuasive value propositions:
- a single, secure source for any number of different identity services;
- digitalization of a comprehensive array of physical credentials and documents;
- an entirely new standard in citizen privacy.
Let's look at each one in a little more detail:
Identity services on tap
The Digital ID Wallet is characterised by the richness and variety of identity-related services it can support.
Across both the online and physical domains, the new wallet makes it quick and easy for the user to fulfill the vital task of proving their identity with secure, trusted credentials.
So, to open a bank account in a branch, their digitalised ID credentials can be employed just like their physical equivalent for KYC processes.
But now, the same credential can also be used to complete the task online.
Similarly, if asked by a police officer to show evidence of their right to drive, citizens always have it to hand, safely embedded in their smartphone.
And with the ID wallet, that driver's licence is also a gateway to additional information, such as its current status and any endorsements. With the citizen's permission, seamless access to this real-time data can be given to police and other law enforcement officers.
Significantly, the new ID Wallet reflects the fact that providing proof of identity is far from the full story.
In many use cases, what matters is a particular attribute or entitlement – age, address, the right to vote, or access welfare programmes, for example.
Crucially, in fulfilling such requests, the wallet enables the holder to share only what is necessary to verify a transaction and nothing more. Consequently, it can facilitate straightforward, authorised access to age-restricted activities such as gambling and purchasing alcohol (both online and in-person) without the holder having to provide unnecessary personal details.
Furthermore, as the digitalisation of public services continues to gather speed, so will the value of the Digital ID Wallet.
With any number of different credentials kept in a single location on a citizen's smartphone, easy access to an ever-wider array of valued eServices is assured.
With a single click, users can authenticate themselves to fill out tax returns, pay outstanding speeding fines, get the results of medical check-ups, and so much more besides.
The benefits of this immediate, 24/7 connection to public services are further enhanced by support for digital signatures, enabling contracts and other agreements to be completed when and where it is most convenient for the user.
- Licences & Entitlement Verification
- ID Proofing
- ID Attribute sharing
- Online Authentication
- Digital Signature
Bringing Digital ID documents together
In terms of sheer convenience and peace of mind for users, the value of bringing multiple, digitalised official ID documents together in the same place, and enabling one-click access to a new generation of eServices, should not be underestimated.
After all, studies show that we are now more likely to leave our wallets at home than our smartphones and that 90% of users have a mobile device within reach at all times.
With the arrival of the Digital ID wallet, most people can finally ensure that vital digital documents, such as identity and healthcare credentials, driver licences, vehicle registration, and polling eCards, are always kept and carried in the most secure and convenient location possible.
Putting citizens in control
In addition to a step-change in accessibility, the Digital ID Wallet sets new user privacy and control standards.
While it offers the potential to support any number of different credentials in a single location, each one is securely ring-fenced.
For example, the issuer of a digital driving licence cannot access data from a digital health card in the same wallet.
What's more, the solution is built on the principle of user consent.
It sounds simple, and it is.
Digital credentials remain with the user at all times and under their sole control.
Bringing government and citizens closer together
A Digital ID Wallet on the citizen's smartphone also opens a direct and secure communication channel to any government department or agency that supports it.
Consequently, citizens can benefit from timely vaccination reminders, receive details on how to participate in forthcoming elections, and be issued efficiently with driving penalties and endorsements.
Just think about it.
Such an approach adds an entirely new dimension to G2C (government-to-citizen) engagement, making it far more personal and bringing government and citizens closer together.
Building a trusted environment for Digital ID credentials
Losing a physical wallet, or having it stolen, can be nothing short of a nightmare.
ID credentials might provide everything needed to clone an identity in the wrong hands.
On top of that, cancelling and replacing multiple different physical credentials is a time-consuming and challenging task for citizens.
Contrast that with losing a Digital ID Wallet.
Even the most determined fraudster or criminal will be unable to leverage the citizen's credentials, and the ID wallet can be revoked over the air and in near real-time, making it unusable.
Besides, if the smartphone is not returned to the rightful owner, all the relevant digital credentials can be downloaded quickly and easily to a new mobile device.
Indeed, credentials can always be updated remotely. As well as ensuring accuracy, this can spare citizens and issuers the cost and inconvenience of replacing physical documents when they expire or the holder's status changes.
The powerful combination of security and convenience embodied in the Digital ID Wallet is only made possible by Thales' unique blend of expertise and experience.
While the mobile environment undoubtedly offers tremendous advantages, it also presents significant challenges.
This is why Thales has designed its Mobile Security Core to deliver best-in-class performance, protecting the Digital ID Wallet against advanced threats and malware attacks and fulfilling the highest and most stringent security requirements of governments.
More precisely, advanced multi-layered security techniques are married to sophisticated encryption to protect sensitive information robustly.
For governments and citizens alike, the new wallet establishes a dedicated environment where digital identities and credentials can flourish.
One in which governments and citizens will reap the full benefits of digitalisation in terms of speed, convenience, and efficiency without ever compromising their absolute rights to privacy, security, and control.
Thales is the first mobile Driver License (mDL) provider to receive the certification from UL Solutions for meeting the International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 18013-5 Standard for mDL applications.
Industry Recognition for Digital ID
In its latest 2022 edition, the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass positioned Thales Digital Identity & Security as an Overall Leader in Verified and Reusable Digital Identity with triple recognition as a Product, Innovation, and Market leader.
International Data Corporation named Thales a world leader in Advanced Authentication for Identity Security, placing Thales in the 'Leaders' category for its broad range of digital and physical products.
In addition, the IDC MarketScape highlighted the Group’s ability to leverage technology across multiple business units and deliver unique capabilities for large-scale deployments and support every form of authentication technology available in the market.
Download IDC's Worldwide Advanced Authentication for Identity Security 2021 Vendor Assessment report.
Frost & Sullivan recognised Thales with a 2019 Global Company of the Year Awards for its innovative Mobile ID and Digital ID Wallet solutions, which offer advanced features, certified security, and strong overall performance.
Thales is recognized as an "Established Leader" in 2019 and 2020 in Juniper Research's Digital Identity leaderboard.
Frost & Sullivan recognised Thales with a 2018 Global Company of the Year Awards for its comprehensive mobile security suite to support the secure transition to digital-first interactions, delivering identity verification, user authentication, transaction verification, and fraud prevention to create a seamless user experience, regardless of device.
Danielle VanZandt, Security Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan: “The company houses digital identity solutions, which include enhanced driving license (eDL), ePassport, and electronic vehicle registration card (eVRC), on an application on the user's smartphone—protected by a PIN or fingerprint scan. Importantly, if an end user's smartphone is lost or stolen, eIDs and eDLs can be remotely removed and installed on a new device."
Gartner recognises Thales as a critical provider of application security shielding through its Software Mobile Security Core, which secures Gemalto Mobile ID solutions.
Phil Sealy, Senior Analyst at ABI Research: “Thales continues to innovate at the forefront of the digital identity market, in line with future market trends. The company is placing emphasis on eGovernment enablement regardless of the device used by citizens – computers, smartphones, tablets, and more.”