Mobile ID has come a long way over the last several years. As smartphones equipped with biometric sensors have become commonplace, a number of companies and government organizations have explored how mobile devices can be used to supplement and even replace traditional identity documents.
One approach that could become widely popular in the years to come is to create virtual versions of documents like driver’s licenses that can be stored on citizens’ smartphones. Solutions like IDEMIA’s mobile ID tech have started to make their way into real world deployments, offering convenience and even greater security than traditional, physical driver’s licenses that can be subject to forgery.
Another approach that is already growing popular in both the private and public sectors is to create a new, mobile-first form of ID. This has been facilitated especially by the advancement of facial recognition technology, which has allowed for the emergence of identity apps that can match an end user’s selfie photo to their government-issued ID credentials, thereby establishing a new form of verified identification housed entirely within the smartphone.
As these technologies continue to advance, more innovations in turning mobile devices – including wearables like smart watches – into legitimate IDs could very well be in the pipeline.