HID addresses identification challenges at ID4Africa

August 2019 News, Access Control & Identity Management, Government and Parastatal (Industry)

HID Global took advantage of the recent ID4Africa conference to launch an initiative aimed at addressing challenges relating to the verification of identities of African citizens. Hi-Tech Security Solutions had the opportunity to speak to HID representatives about some of these challenges and how the company can help in addressing them.

Being able to verify people’s identities is critical for a nation’s growth and prosperity and yet HID says nearly half of all African citizens can’t prove who they are to vote, travel freely and receive government benefits and services. “HID Global addresses each step of the citizen identity journey and everything government agencies in Africa and other emerging markets need to deploy complete solutions for issuing driver’s licences, social security cards, passports and other national ID documents,” says Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP and managing director, Citizen ID business.

“Our initiative tackles the challenges of serving citizens living in remote, unconnected areas who are at the greatest risk of marginalisation and exclusion, and aligns well with the ID4Africa organisation’s ‘ID-4-All’ movement aimed at facilitating economic development and the success of humanitarian aid, government services, and other critical programmes.”

Of an estimated 1,1 billion people worldwide that cannot officially prove their identity, it is believed that approximately 500 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. Problems are worsened in areas where conflict adds to the millions of displaced people who flee without the necessary identification documents to receive basic legal, social and economic rights and opportunities.

According to strategic director of citizen identity solutions, Africa and Middle East, Joby Mathew, for many governments the first set of challenges in implementing an eID (electronic ID) system is both financing the programme and selecting the right technology partner who has the credibility and financial capability to support such strategic, long-term citizen ID projects and investments.

“In addition, governments must look beyond traditional and central ID issuance solutions that limit their ability to address the need to efficiently issue citizen identities in both developed and remote, rural areas,” he states. “Mobile citizen identities carried on smartphones provide an avenue for overcoming the challenges of issuing credentials remotely. These mobile IDs can be easily issued to citizens anywhere, at any time; they also enable citizens to identify themselves to access government services at their convenience and from any location – all via their mobile phone.

“In addition, cloud-based issuance for physical eID cards also makes it possible to issue citizen IDs remotely to any area at any time. For example, credentials can be issued from a central office based in a metropolitan hub directly to citizens living in rural areas and villages, completely overcoming the previous hurdles of issuing identities to citizens located in more remote locations.”

For many countries, Mathew considers an ePassport to be the building block of democracy, the cornerstone of citizenship, and their first step to launching an advanced identification programme. For example, several sub-Saharan countries are already using HID Global’s solutions for ePassports as well as for a range of national IDs, voter IDs, driver’s licences, and more.

In many African countries, the lack of an advanced Internet infrastructure can be a limiting factor for large-scale online solutions. Infrastructure considerations may include data centre capacity and connectivity; however, Mathew says there are numerous advanced ID solutions, such as biometrics and citizen eID cards, that do not require significant considerations in infrastructure. Among other use cases, biometrics solutions are particularly useful for refugee identification where the person’s ‘true identity’ is easy to capture and store on mobile devices that can be used wherever there is a refugee community.

“Biometrics enable government officials to rapidly confirm a subject’s identity – even if it differs from the information they provide,” Mathew expands. “Impostors, dual nationals and twins can all be easily identified by a biometric system. Furthermore, biometric information cannot be easily mis-entered, altered or forged, negating the data quality issues commonly associated with biographic information. Biometrics solutions are also emerging as a way to address the migrant identity management problems. Already adopted by law enforcement and border security around the world, biometrics can uncover travel histories and criminal associations that traditional identity documents may not.”

In addition to the technologies that can mitigate fraudulent ID problems, it is becoming increasingly important to protect citizens’ personal information from ‘bad actors’. A prime example of a solution that protects people’s private information in ways that perhaps is not possible with old-fashioned documents, is HID’s mobile IDs. “These mobile IDs enable driver’s licences and many other government IDs to be carried on smartphones that become all-in-one devices for receiving, presenting and authenticating mobile IDs with the highest level of privacy protection.

“For example, HID mobile IDs include role-based access, which prevents citizens from sharing all their data during verification, ensuring that their privacy is always protected,” Mathew says. “A popular use-case for this is age verification, where a citizen must prove their age for a variety of reasons. With HID’s mobile IDs, a citizen can only share a digital verification of their age, and all other private information, such as their address and other details, is kept private.”

For more information visit www.hidglobal.com




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

TAPA: The role of an effective treasury function in business risk management
June 2019, Technews Publishing , News
Neil Le Roux, the Founder of Diligent Advisors will speak at the TAPA SA (Transported Asset Protection Association) annual conference on 26 July 2019.

Read more...
iLegal 2019: Critical IT aspects of Augmented Surveillance
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News
iLegal is the surveillance industry’s premier one-day conference hosted jointly by Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Dr Craig Donald. iLegal 2019 will be held on 12 September 2019 at The Rosebank Crowne ...

Read more...
iLegal 2019: Putting a face on surveillance services
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
iLegal 2019 will be held on 12 September 2019 at The Rosebank Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg. iLegal is the surveillance industry’s premier one-day conference hosted jointly by Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Dr Craig Donald.

Read more...
Residential Estate Security Conference 2019: Making AI work for you
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
Gerhard Furter will deliver the keynote at the Residential Estate Security Conference 2019, providing a brief introduction into what AI really is and its application in estates.

Read more...
From the editor's desk: The difference between potential and skills
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News
This issue of Hi-Tech Security Solutions includes our annual Local Manufacturing feature and it’s great to know that local security manufacturers are still going strong, even if the general manufacturing ...

Read more...
A customised solution for backup power
August 2019, Specialised Battery Systems , News, Integrated Solutions
Specialised Battery Systems designed and implemented a bespoke solution for Stallion Security Electronics to deploy at almost any site.

Read more...
Patient critical – healthcare’s cybersecurity pulse
August 2019, Wolfpack Information Risk , News, Cyber Security, Healthcare (Industry)
The healthcare industry has become one of the leading cybersecurity attack vectors worldwide for several reasons.

Read more...
Is security broken?
August 2019 , News
New VMware research reveals how South African businesses continue to try to battle sophisticated security threats in a digital age, with the same old tools.

Read more...
Milestone partners prove their skills
August 2019, Milestone Systems , News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Training & Education
Within the span of one week in mid-May, the Milestone Learning & Performance group celebrated important benchmarks: 200 000 course registrations and tutorial views, and 10 000 certifications.

Read more...
ONVIF Hosts 20th Developers’ Plugfest
August 2019 , News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its twentieth ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest in early June in Tokyo.

Read more...