Estonia readying Smart-ID digital identity system


Estonia's certification authority Certification Centre plans to launch a new digital authentication app for mobile identification in government services next year.

Called Smart-ID, the new solution is not dependent on a SIM card and is usable all around the world.

“A year ago, we introduced the concept of Smart-ID – a secure mobile solution that would simplify the use of e-services. Now, we have created a working solution that can be used for identification purposes and for signing documents,” said Urmo Keskel, product manager of SK.

To make the use of Smart-ID more comfortable, SK has created an app that works on both Android and iOS platforms with the most popular smart devices and is suitable for use across the world.

“Our goal was to create a modern electronical identity solution which would be suitable for smart devices, but would also be secure. In the past few years, we have created the new Smart-ID solution in cooperation with Cybernetica. This solution meets these requirements and has been created with an international market in mind from the start,” said Kalev Pihl, CEO of SK.

According to the Chairman of the Management Board at Cybernetica, Oliver Väärtnõu, Smart-ID also resolves the increasingly more urgent issue of SIM-less smart devices, “Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how the Mobile-ID solution is dependent on the ID-card and people have been asking “What’s next?”. Smart-ID resolves the SIM card issue and allows us to easily offer the Estonian type of digital identity to foreign markets without sacrificing security. The cryptographic solution of Smart-ID is unique in the world – Cybernetica’s security engineers have created a completely new system for generating the key parts that are shared between the server and the device.

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