Bluink has extended its reach to another Canadian province. The company’s eID-Me smartphone app is now available in British Columbia, where it is compatible with the province’s BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, and the combined BC Driver’s License and Services Card.
At the moment, eID-Me can only be used with the sticker-free versions of all three documents. However, Bluink is planning to update eID-Me to recognize cards with those address stickers.
British Columbia is the third province to receive the eID-Me treatment. The digital identity app debuted in Ontario in March, before making its way to Quebec in April. The platform is now compatible with nine different documents, including the Canadian passport and Ontario and Quebec driver’s licenses.
eID-Me creates a secure backup of an ID document that is stored locally on the user’s smartphone. The information is never stored in the cloud, and can only be shared with other parties with the explicit consent of the owner of the document. Bluink itself does not have access to anyone’s identity information.
“Our current vision is a self-sovereign digital identity for every Canadian,” said Bluink CEO Steve Borza. “As we develop partnerships on different levels for integration and adoption, we are also working hard to enable citizens to verify their ID and register for their eID-Me digital identity on their smartphones, all from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in Canada.”
Bluink made a few other improvements while rolling out the British Columbian version of the platform. In addition to some standard bug fixes and performance upgrades, eID-Me now boasts better French localization, and an updated settings user interface on iOS devices. It also has new Bluetooth capabilities to support in-person interactions, and an adjustment feature that will automatically fix any naming inconsistencies that may exist between different identity documents.