IDnow hoping to position itself as a Qualified Trust Services Provider (QTSP). To that end, the company has tagged Johannes Leser to serve as the company’s new VP of Trust Services.
As VP, Leser will be expected to lead and expand IDnow’s Trust Services unit, and to oversee the creation of a new trust service for Germany specifically. IDnow is based in Munich, though it has five other offices scattered throughout Europe.
Leser himself has more than a decade of experience in Trust Services, and with electronic signatures more generally. Most notably, he is the founder of Namirial Germany, which acts as the national subsidiary of a leading trust services provider in Europe.
QTSPs are an integral part of the burgeoning digital wallet and mobile identity ecosystem. Digital wallets can be used to store a wide range of digital documents, from national identities and driver’s licenses to bank account and payment information. A QTSP is able to verify the authenticity of the documents stored in a digital wallet, creating an essential layer of trust that is needed to facilitate secure digital transactions. Leser will be asked to turn IDnow into a certified QTSP, which will in turn allow the company to offer verification services to key digital wallet and mobile industry stakeholders.
“I am looking forward to building a provider for qualified trust services with IDnow,” said Leser. “Among other challenges, we will solve the issues of how qualified attributes interact with wallets in proving digital identities.”
“By building our own QTSP, we can not only verify and store digital identities, but also attest additional electronic attributes,” added IDnow CTO and Managing Director Armin Bauer. “Johannes brings the ideal experience to make this initiative a success and I look forward to working with him.”
In July, IDnow joined the IDunion to help shape Europe’s digital identity standards. The company also consolidated its various identity verification services into a single IDnow Platform earlier in March.