Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren
HID Global, globally renowned provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Argentina has selected its HID goID citizen identity technology to power the country’s digital version of its mandatory National Identity Document for its Mi Argentina app. The collaborative effort between HID, Argentina’s Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing through the National Registry of Persons (Renaper), and the Ministry of Modernisation makes Argentina the first country in the world to offer a true national identity credential within a mobile app to its citizens. Currently, there are 47 million DNI cards in circulation and recent legislation has accorded full legal equivalence to the smartphone version of the card. Mi Argentina app The Mi Argentina app, which houses the National Identity Document, was developed by the Ministry of Modernisation and allows citizens who download the app on their mobile devices to request appointments, receive health information and access credentials, such as their drivers’ license. Powered by HID goID technology, citizens can also access their National Identity Document on a mobile device on the app while offline. The Government of Argentina is leading the way in bringing the convenience and security of mobile identity to its citizens" “The Government of Argentina is leading the way in bringing the convenience and security of mobile identity to its citizens,” said José D’Amico, director of Renaper, adding “This innovative application is not only easy to get, but we also believe this could be the first step in digitising identity across the government in Argentina and potentially other countries in years to come.” Enhanced security of citizens’ mobile identity Citizens with the ‘Mi Argentina’ app can initiate their request for a mobile ID by visiting a Renaper office, where their identity is verified and authenticated. Once approved, they receive an email with a code to activate their National Identity Document. In the event a smartphone is lost or stolen, credentials can be immediately revoked, safeguarding the citizen from potential identity theft. The mobile ID is securely stored on the citizen’s smartphone, meaning it can still be accessed if the cell phone has no data plan or when connection to a network or Wi-Fi is not available. Storage on the phone brings additional security for the mobile ID ecosystem, as a channel back to the central database is never required. Superior identity solutions Renaper issues all citizens a National Identity Document at birth and requires two mandatory renewals: between the ages of 5 and 8, and at the age of 14. Adults are required to renew it every 15 years. Argentina’s implementation of our technology provides its citizens with innovative ID access" “HID Global is committed to providing identity solutions that meet the evolving standards of the 21st century,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP & Managing Director, Citizen Identity with HID Global. “The government of Argentina’s implementation of our technology provides its citizens with innovative ID access and the ease of a completely mobile experience from registration to issuance.” Enhancing Border Security The government of Argentina previously partnered with HID to upgrade the country’s ICAO electronic passport to a newer generation that was more cost efficient, improved security and enhanced data reading at border control checkpoints. The successful partnership was a key factor in the government’s decision to collaborate with HID Global and deploy the HID goID mobile identity solution. The HID goID technology mobile ID ecosystem powers a more secure and connected world based on field-proven identity technology. It enables the issuance, lifecycle management and verification of mobile identities, and is a customisable solution that delivers many more functions than physical identity documents.
Being able to verify people’s identities is critical for a nation’s growth and prosperity and yet nearly half of all African citizens can’t prove who they are to vote, travel freely and receive government benefits and services. HID Global, globally renowned trusted identity solutions provider, is launching an initiative to help close this identity gap and will be sharing details at the ID4Africa Movement (ID4Africa 2019). The three-day conference will be hosted this week from 18-20 June 2019 in Johannesburg by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of the Republic of South Africa. HID identity solutions HID Global brings to its initiative a broad solution portfolio, close working partnerships with leading integrators serving African governments, and strategic investments in its business operations dedicated to building a better future for citizens. The initiative builds on HID’s proven track record of enabling effortless and worry-free identity verification for the citizens of African nations, with a steady cadence of ongoing deployments across the continent. “HID Global addresses each step of the citizen identity journey and everything government agencies in Africa and other emerging markets need to deploy complete solutions for issuing driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports and other national ID documents,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP & Managing Director, Citizen ID business with HID Global. HID technology solutions HID Global will be at ID4Africa 2019 to highlight its extensive solutions that power trusted identities of a government’s people, places and things “Our initiative tackles the challenges of serving citizens living in remote, unconnected areas who are at the greatest risk of marginalisation and exclusion, and aligns well with the ID4Africa organisation’s ‘ID-4-All’ movement aimed at facilitating economic development and the success of humanitarian aid, government services, and other critical programs.", she adds. HID Global will be at ID4Africa 2019 to highlight its extensive solutions that power trusted identities of a government’s people, places and things. Each of HID’s solutions help solve the technological, infrastructure and other deployment challenges that prevent citizens from having the official identification they need to access government services and programs. Examples of HID identity solutions in practise The company’s identity document and mobile identity solutions pave the way for convenient and secure access to government programs and services. Tanzania is using HID’s citizen ID solutions to add e-Visa and e-Permit capabilities to its e-Passport, which HID helped deploy last year as part of the Tanzania e-Immigration program. The new web-based visa and residence permit services allow visitors and residents to apply for and receive validated credentials for traveling or living in the country. Several African governments have already embraced the company’s card and identity document personalisation solutions for national ID, resident ID, driver’s license, voter ID and refugee identification programs. Of an estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide, that cannot officially prove their identity, it is believed that approximately 500 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. Problems are worsened in areas where conflict adds to the millions of displaced people who flee without the necessary identification documents to receive basic legal, social and economic rights and opportunities. HID’s citizen ID solutions enable disenfranchised citizens to be enrolled into government identification programs Citizen ID solutions HID’s citizen ID solutions enable disenfranchised citizens to be enrolled into government identification programs, bringing empowerment, freedom and connectivity to those who need it most, and making social benefits programs more fraud-resistant and border crossings more convenient. The company’s broad portfolio help solve these problems while bringing a sense of inclusion, engagement and pride in regional and national communities. See live demonstrations of HID Global’s trusted identity solutions at ID4Africa 2019. Visit HID from June 18-20 in Booth #G1 at the Emperors Palace Convention Center in Johannesburg to learn more about HID Global’s broad range products, solutions and services that make it more convenient and safer to achieve what citizens want to do in everyday life.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that its HID goID solution has been extended to provide an end-to-end system for deploying and managing a mobile citizen ID program. From issuance through verification, HID goID is backed by the same high security standards for data, communication and privacy protection that are used in today’s physical electronic ID (eID) programs. “This is a major step in delivering the full value of our goID solution, as we extend its capabilities for provisioning, updating and revoking mobile IDs to include the full range of citizen ID program functionality,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, Vice President and Managing Director, Citizen ID with HID Global. “Governments now have everything they need to move to a fully mobile society, including support for integrating HID goID with existing issuance systems, developing a citizen app, and ensuring compliance with international standards for digital credentials.” Utilising Integrale modular software suite HID Global provides comprehensive support and training for the creation and deployment of the citizen app and verification solutionsKey HID goID solution components include an issuance system, utilising HID Global’s renowned Integrale modular software suite for the management of physical and mobile IDs; a gateway for mobile ID provisioning which can be managed locally by governments or offered as a service; and a software development kit (SDK) for the development of the citizen app to meet local requirements. HID Global also provides comprehensive support and training for the creation and deployment of the citizen app and verification solutions. HID goID includes off-the-shelf data structures enabling governments to issue mobile Passports that will help comply with digital travel credentials currently being developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and to issue mobile driver’s licenses that will help promote compliance with ISO18013-5 specifications being developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). Four layers of fraud-fighting security mechanisms The solution protects privacy with end-to-end encryption and four layers of fraud-fighting security mechanismsThe solution enables countries to move from paper or electronic documents to mobile IDs, streamlining proof of identity issuance through over-the-air provisioning directly to citizens’ phones. It protects privacy with end-to-end encryption and four layers of fraud-fighting security mechanisms. Additionally, citizens can control what verification data they share, and with whom. Post-issuance technologies keep mobile IDs current and trustable, and verification can be performed from distances up to 66 feet (20 meters). HID goID also enables issuing authorities to easily add other government agencies and authorised private-sector entities into its ecosystem. This creates new opportunities to improve communication between governments and their citizens while opening the door for people to carry many different citizen and commercial IDs in one convenient mobile application.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, today announced the appointments of two high-profile senior executives to the HID leadership team to support growth targets, continued market expansion, customer relevance and innovation. The new executives bring extensive experience, business acumen and technical prowess to HID Global: Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, who was formerly the Executive Vice President of the Citizen Identity Business Unit at IDEMIA, has joined HID as VP and Managing Director of the Citizen ID Business. Rameshbabu Songukrishnasamy, who was formerly VP Engineering and CTO at Honeywell Security & Fire, has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of HID Global. Actively expanding opportunities "I am pleased that we have added top talent to HID’s senior leadership team and strengthened our ability to deliver on our exciting vision for the future," said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. "HID is driving innovation and growth, and we are actively expanding opportunities for our teams of smart, forward-thinking people to take HID to the next level." "I am truly excited to be joining HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions that literally impact millions of people every day," said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP and Managing Director, Citizen ID business with HID Global. It is a place full of opportunities for engineers to make a huge difference" Digital-based approach "The citizen identity market is at an inflection point that will create real change. I see the opportunity for HID to lead the way and help guide governments through this transformation, ranging from a shift to mobile IDs and a more holistic, digital-based approach to managing the identities of people in a country." "I love the commitment to innovation and the focus on growth that HID Global has. It is a place full of opportunities for engineers to make a huge difference," said Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, SVP and Chief Technology Officer, HID Global. "I want to build on HID’s strong reputation and help fuel the company’s growth for years to come."
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