eGov solution uses authenticated phones

Digital security giant Gemalto is proposing its Coesys mGov, a new mobile strong digital authentication solution that enables citizens to access online government services using a combination of their contactless national eID card and NFC phone. As a result, it allows authorities to put in place Trusted National Mobile ID schemes. The federation service provided by Coesys mGov means simplicity and a great user experience: all services can be accessed via one authentication process - Single Sign-On.

It is hoping to offer this as a solution for a range of eGov services, including social and health provision, such as family, employment or retirement, as well as driver's license related services and health insurance benefits, to local public services and citizenship including on-line participation and e-voting with both security and privacy. It claims it is flexible enough to fit perfectly with a government's existing digital identity and security strategy. For example, the level of authentication can be adapted according to the nature of online services being accessed.

"The convergence of NFC-enabled mobile devices and the surge of new national eID schemes open up a completely new era for innovative, citizen-centric services," said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto. "This solution pairs the security and trust of national eID cards with all the ease of use of a cell phone, a winning combination that is key to a rapid uptake by citizens."