Scotland Digital Identity Service plans advance with supplier day planned for October 6

Scotland Digital Identity Service plans advance with supplier day planned for October 6

The Scottish government will hold an online Supplier Day on October 6, 2020 to present the aims and objectives of the beta phase of its Digital Identity Service for use across the public sector. The government of Scotland has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to invite the participation of potential bidders.

The design development and strategic context of the Digital Identity Scotland beta phase will also be explained. Further details on strategy, target architecture, organizations Scotland’s government is working with, and the planned path to bringing the service online will be available, according to the announcement.

The project does not meet the threshold for Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement, and therefore does not involve the related tender requirements. Discovery and alpha phases of the project have been completed.

The new digital ID service is expected to make it easier for people to access services, reduce the cost and time spent applying for public services, reduce fraud with a “trust framework of verified attributes,” and maximize accessibility to reduce inequality. Currently, there are multiple ways of proving identity and eligibility in applications for Scottish public services, which has led to duplicated effort, extra cost, and confusion.

The service is described in the future contract opportunity notice as user-centered, organizationally agnostic, secure, scalable, and flexible. A partner, multiple partners or a consortium are sought to deliver the beta phase, possibly including an attribute store, verified identity attributes, and an integration broker.

Interested parties are asked to register by email.

The government plans to post the contract notice at the end of November, 2020.

Scotland is also in the process of standing up a Biometrics Commissioner’s Office.

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