Deutsche Telekom has entered into an agreement through its subsidiary T-Systems to provide an ID wallet for Gaia-X Federation Services, a part of the overarching Gaia-X initiative, which aims to establish a secure, federated system for Europe’s next-gen data infrastructure. To that end, T-Systems will be working with the eco-Association of the Internet Industry, a Germany-based association of organizations in the internet industry.
In the case of this project, the eco-Association of the Internet Industry represents the interests of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, which is working to implement the aims of the Gaia-X project. Telekom is developing open-source software that will be compatible with the European Digital Identity Wallet, and expects its solution to be available to Gaia-X initiatives in early 2024.
“The EU wants its citizens to be able to decide for themselves with whom they share data,” explained T-Systems CEO Adel Al-Saleh. “Digital, secure identities are the key to this. They will enable new digital applications in many industries in the future.”
The news comes after Deutsche Telekom became one of the major European telecoms to join the EU’s digital ID program this past summer. Telekom joined the “Potential” project, which it described as the largest of the EU’s four field tests.
In announcing its new effort for Gaia-X Federation Services, Telekom’s Al-Saleh emphasized that digital IDs will benefit all Europeans in their daily lives. “The orders we have won underline our commitment and expertise in this growing business area.”
On that note, Telekom has also established a separate partnership with DATEV, a German software and IT services provider for tax consultants, auditors, and lawyers, as well as their clients. That project, undertaken in collaboration with the Berlin-based digital identity platform Verimi, will focus on the development of a proof-of-concept digital wallet for tax consultants. That deal comes after T-Systems and Verimi had previously worked together on a digital wallet for the healthcare sector, on behalf of the insurance company Barmer.
Source: Deutsche Telekom
November 7, 2023 – by Alex Perala