3M, Gemalto, Morpho and Oberthur Technologies form ‘Secure Identity Alliance’
According to the group, it aims to accelerate the transition to smart eDocuments and to enable an “open, interoperable and efficient roll-out of trusted eGovernment online services.”
From its initial list of goals, the group’s efforts seem to be focused on education: Describing and promoting use cases, sharing experience and best practices and in particular, privacy. Standardization and making recommendations to encourage adoption, as well as providing consistent reference information are some of its listed objectives.
It aims to position itself as a trusted partner for governmental agencies and public entities defining their eDocument approach and implementing associated eGovernment services. Alliance members will initially be involved in focused workgroups.
“The Secure Identity Alliance will help us better serve Government entities,” Gareth Thomas, International Business Development Manager, 3M Identity Management said. “Together, we will highlight the advantages and encourage the adoption of microprocessor-based eDocuments, and develop added-value online applications that meet citizens’ needs today and tomorrow.”
Membership for the group is open, and according to Jacques Van Zijp, Senior Vice President Business Identity Documents at Morpho (Safran), broad industry coverage is essential. “Of course, the association is open to additional members from the eDocument industry willing to contribute to the success and roll out of secure eDocuments and associated online services.”
More information is available on the group’s website: http://www.secureidentityalliance.org/.