Victor Ugochukwu · Dec 14, 2020 . 5min read
Samsung Phones Integrate with Pass App for Enhanced Security
SK Telecom integrated its blockchain mobile identity solution Pass with the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, for enhanced security.
By Komal Joshi · Aug 25, 2020 . 6min read
Yesterday SK Telecom integrated its blockchain mobile identity solution Pass with the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, a feature of Samsung mobile phones, according to Ledger Insights. South Korea’s three big mobile operators are part of the Initial DID (decentralized identity certificate).
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.
Se-Hyun Oh, head of SK Telecom’s Blockchain/Certification Business Division, said,
“‘Initial’ is a service that allows users to safely and conveniently verify their identity and qualifications online, and to manage personal information directly, and has been rapidly growing since Corona 19.”
Improved Security with Samsung Blockchain Keystore
The integration of Samsung Phones supports the Pass app to enhance security. Samsung phones have a Blockchain Keystore area. This is a particular area where private keys are stored. Moreover, it is not accessible to the rest of the Android operating system. Thus, stealing keys becomes difficult.
The alliance intends to extend it to student IDs and employee IDs in addition to driver’s licenses. Moreover, this year, it is planning applications across finance, health, and education with 30 types of electronic certificates targeted. Meantime, there are multiple notable digital identity initiatives in South Korea.
SK Telekom, KT, and LG U+ have been investigating blockchain-based digital identity over the past few years. The three telcos are part of the Initial DID Association. It is a decentralized identity consortium hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA). Further, it utilizes the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Aside from the three telcos, Samsung is also a part of the Initial DID Alliance. Moreover, the members also include KEB Hana Bank, Woori Bank, NH Bank, Shinhan Bank, Hyundai Card, BC Card, and IT company Koscom and its subsidiaries.
Conclusively, The integration of Samsung Phones for Korea telco national blockchain identity will bring a new wave of enhanced security. Meantime, there are various prominent digital identity initiatives in South Korea. Earlier we also reported on Samsung partnering with Decentraland to boost NFT’s. Others incorporate the DID Alliance, one from the Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute (KTFC) and ICONLOOP.
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