Digital identities play an essential role in the continued digitalisation of governments and smart cities. They are a simple and secure way for people to identify themselves in transactions or dealings with authorities online. A solution with the required technology already exists in Germany in the form of the electronic identity function (eID) in ID cards. However, it has not been widely used to date. Starting next year, adesso’s new product will expand the choice of eID solutions. As an identification service provider certified in accordance with the German ID Card Act (Personalausweisgesetz), adesso will operate its own eID server for the service, which is aimed at the private sector in particular.
New eID service is the key to smart cities
“adesso’s eID service is the key to building smart cities,” says Jörg Schröder, CFO and Executive Board member of adesso SE. “The solution, which is designed for the open market, ideally complements the BundID account created for public institutions. Our goal is to use this as a foundation for developing a smart city ecosystem that acts as a central link between the public and private sector. We believe that the eID will provide significant benefits to individuals, businesses and government.”
By making the service available, adesso wants to encourage greater use of the eID in Germany. The solution harnesses the latest technological approaches and could conceivably be offered on an open-source basis.