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eID projects driven by society complexity

Week 21, 2012

User-friendly smart ID solutions imply the integration of a number of applications in one document allowing seamless citizen / government communication. Smart ID credentials bring the possibility to tackle the complexity of efficient identification, social, welfare, healthcare insurance and other systems interoperability.

However, project development is a two-sided coin. Although complexity drives the implementation of common, unified biometric identity solutions, it also creates hurdles for project integration. This doesn’t necessarily come from secure transactions industry specialists, but rather from internal political, social and economical instabilities. Stable economic and political situation facilitates the project integration, as in the case of Estonian eID card. Otherwise, projects may remain in stagnation for years (Thai eID cards) and even finally fail due to different reasons, including lack of analysis of final needs by governments.

South East Asia illustrates a good example of various evolution modes of electronic government identification system implementation, from the most comprehensive (Malaysia), well organized and effective (Singapore), to less structured (Philippines) and less successful (Vietnam).

So far, the region, which is the homeland for first government eID credentials, represents big market opportunities. Still, governments need our expertise to make a good choice of a model for their biometric ID systems and sometimes even to understand their own needs. For this reason, we need to be aware of eID market dynamics in order to be able to supply valuable well-timed information to the clients. To this effect, Smart Insights has just published a Smart Insights Report dubbed “Government eID in South East Asia” to discover all projects and their evolution in the region, as well as business forecasts.

Artur Khakimov

Editor

Smart Insights