Korea’s KISA Declares Launch of Blockchain-Based Mobile Employee ID

Today, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) declared the launch of a blockchain-based mobile employee ID with help of DID technology.

By · Aug 31, 2020 . 7min read

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The Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) declared on August 31st that it would be the first public institution to launch a blockchain-based mobile employee ID. Mobile employee ID with distributed identification (DID) technology stores and provides access to the data in a blockchain that cannot be copied or altered. Personal data for authentication is encrypted and stored on the user’s smartphone. Thus, personal information is more secure than the existing employee IDs, KISA elucidated.

KISA further states that for office access, the applications include the short-range communication function and the QR code method of a smartphone. Additionally, it also applies to book lending and cafeteria usage. KISA says KISA coin will be offered as rewards for high performing employees. The KISA coin usage includes payment of office supplies, refreshments, and beverages. KISA intends to introduce mobile employee IDs to Naju headquarters by the end of October. It plans to introduce the project to Seoul and Pangyo offices this year.

Director Kim Seok-hwan stated,

“I hope that the introduction of the DID mobile employee ID for the first time in public institutions will not only improve employee convenience and security but also become a welcome point for discovering non-face-to-face identity authentication services in connection with local related organizations.”

Blockchain-Based Identity Projects Globally

Earlier, the non-profit Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute (KTFC) launched blockchain digital IDs for financial services. The IDs intends to be interoperable between service providers. Approximately 30 firms have signed up to utilize the service. ICONLOOP is another Korean initiative which launched its DID service’ my-ID’. Last year, it raised about $8 million in Series A funding. Among other such initiatives, the Sovrin Network and uPort are significant providers of self-sovereign identity solutions.

Earlier, we reported that South Korea’s SK Telekom declared the launch of a blockchain-based digital identity app Pass. The telecom companies KT and LG U+ helped in developing the app in June. ‘Pass,’ the app allows verification of the user’s driving license to enable authentication for different services. The integration of Samsung Phones supports the Pass app to enhance security. The alliance intends to extend it to student IDs and employee IDs in addition to driver’s licenses. 

Additionally, in 2019, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan announced its plans to launch a blockchain-based digital identification system. It intended to launch it in the first quarter of 2020. Previously, five Canadian banks, including the Royal Bank of Canada, started deploying a blockchain-based user identification system. Therefore, it enables better security.

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