Mobile ID : expand your national identity system


​​​​​​​​​Benefits for Govern​​ments

​One of the greatest assets of mobile PKI and Gemalto Mobile ID is the ability to extend smart card based national eID and digital identity ​schemes. Gemalto Mobile ID enables governments to put the citizen electronic ID into every pocket that can hol​d a mobile phone. 

Complementing the national eID card the mobile PKI SIM card adds the true mobility factor into the eGovernment services. Now citizens can access services from all over the world, the only thing needed is a working SMS connection.

One of the biggest challenges in the market has always been the threshold in user acceptance.

If the solution is too complex, the citizens may shy away from it. Using the mobile phone as a signing and authentication device is natural for almost all users, and using a SIM card one can also see it as the most democratic method of all – it can be available to anyone who has a mobile phone.

Citizen expectations

​As evidenced by our November 2016 study on expectations for mobile security, citizens are prepared, willing and waiting for greater security.

We believe 2017 represents a great opportunity for public authorities to revitalize the 'sovereign bond' with citizens. In doing so, they can prove it is not some obscure relic of the past, but a symbolic, identity-rich vehicle for collective trust.​

Mobile ID schemes around the world

The most advanced public initiatives in the field of m-ID are historically to be found in the following countries: Estonia, Austria, Finland, Turkey, Moldova and Azerbaijan. 


2014-2015 has seen acceleration in pilot programs or projects such as those in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Iceland, Korea, India, Japan and Russia. Other large countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Spain are taking an interest.

In 2014, the most successful private program in the field of m-ID is without a doubt the PKI SIM-based Bank-ID program in Norway which brings together a very large number of service providers and mobile network operators.

Telenor​ had already been offering its subscribers the mobile Bank ID service for a number of years and in 2013 the other Norwegian MNOs started joining the service making it possible for their subscribers to have secure mobile authentication within the framework of the local BankID solution used in Norway for secure online identification and signature. The new mobile identity functionality works on all networks and all types of telephone and has already been adopted by more than 250 service providers in the country, including the major banks, as well as numerous other commercial
organizations and government agencies. 

There's more.

The arrival of mobile identity has doubled the average number of transactions per user to 12 transactions per month.

According to the Bank ID website, 10% of the population is using mobile ID as of October 2014.
To help gain a better understanding of what is being done in the pioneering countries, we propose a rapid overview below of the approaches being adopted in eID and m-ID in the form of 14 country data sheets.​​

 Documents

  • National Mobile ID schemes Volume II: Governance, scope and technologies

    National Mobile ID schemes Volume II: Governance, scope and technologies

    This white paper presents the role of public authorities, the scope of mobile ID for Smart Cities in particular as the new frame of reference, some thoughts on potential models based on non-sovereign or social network operators and an overview of mobile authentication technologies.

    National Mobile ID schemes Volume II: Governance, scope and technologies
  • National Mobile ID schemes

    National Mobile ID schemes

    Many e-government operations around the world are now considering a functional mobile ID scheme. A good starting point is learning more about what pioneer countries have already experienced in terms of eID and mobile ID and models of partnership with banks and operators.

    National Mobile ID schemes [PDF - 660kb]