Enabling Mobile Network Operators to Provide Trusted IDs Across a Broad Range of Devices
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Outlining its participation in the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, SecureKey, the leading provider of trusted identity networks, today announced it will be demonstrating a digital identity solution mobile network operators can employ to provide trusted digital IDs across a broad range of mobile and other devices and participate in identity federations around the world. The demonstration will be featured in the GSMA Connected City Zone in Hall 3 of the exhibition, and is provided with support from Canadian mobile operators Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, and TELUS, and consultants The Human Chain. The SecureKey team will also be participating in a panel discussion on “Service Opportunities for Mobile Identity,” and moderating a panel discussion during the Mobile Identity workshop @WIPJam entitled “The role of mobile identity in application development.”
“Digital identity represents the next frontier for mobile operators as they rapidly expand their offerings to include a variety of entertainment, information, M2M, telematics and other data and communications services,” said Robert Blumenthal, executive vice president of business development at SecureKey. “Telecoms are well positioned to leverage their market presence as well as network assets to validate and create digital identities on behalf of consumers, providing them with simpler, better, and more secure ways to access online and mobile services in a manner which protects their privacy.”
According to Blumenthal, most telecoms have already recognized their potential role in identity ecosystems, as well as the need to support a wide range of mobile and non-mobile devices. He believes consumer demand for security and privacy, and especially user control, will increase exponentially as the market evolves to include increasingly more valuable and personal services through online and mobile channels.
GSMA Connected City Demonstration in Hall 3, Stand 3A11-3A31
SecureKey, together with The Human Chain, will jointly demonstrate how telecoms can create simple, flexible digital identity services using a mobile app incorporating the SecureKey briidge.net™ Connect strong multifactor authentication service. The demonstration uses a mobile app to provide secure access to online services through SecureKey Concierge, a commercial identity brokerage service available in Canada since 2012 using bank IDs. Instead of entering a cumbersome user name and password, the SecureKey-enabled mobile app allows users to log in to these services using their enrolled mobile device and a simple 4-digit passcode.
“At TELUS we understand the importance of upholding the security of our customers’ private information. By issuing credentials that work across many different platforms and devices to meet consumers’ specific authentication needs, telecoms can ensure privacy is maintained in a convenient and easy-to-use manner,” said Drazen Lalovic, vice president, market planning, TELUS. “The approach demonstrated at Mobile World Congress is simple, effective and flexible across a broad array of mobile devices and platforms with software- or hardware-based security.”
SecureKey’s briidge.net Connect service employs a well-proven dynamic data cryptographic security protocol that is not tied to a particular device or platform technology. Any smartphone or tablet running iOS, Android™, or Blackberry can be supported, with or without SIM-based secure elements, providing the greatest coverage of in-market devices, and the fastest ramp to service introduction. Users may enroll any number of personal devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers into their digital identity service, anchored in their telecom subscriber account through network API’s (in this case provided by EnStream on behalf of Bell, Rogers and TELUS).
“Strong authentication using a digital ID is a requirement for any mobile operator seeking to offer secure remote payments and other high-value transactions to customers on their networks,” said David Robinson, vice president of emerging business at Rogers Communications. “Canadians will benefit from the simplicity this solution offers, allowing secure access to online services using their mobile phone number as a digital ID.”
SecureKey Concierge is the identity federation component of the demonstration. It is based on SecureKey’s briidge.net Exchange platform, which was selected for the Federated Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) to be operated by the United States Postal Service for the US Government’s NSTIC program.
“We are excited by the possibilities this demonstration raises for telecom operators to simplify their subscribers’ online experience using a telecom-backed trusted identity for a variety of high-value transactions,” said Tim Jefferson, managing director at The Human Chain. “The solution is simple and easy to deploy, with minimal network and device integration. Higher levels of security can be layered in overtime without adding any complexity for users.”
Robert Blumenthal of SecureKey is scheduled to participate in the Service Opportunities for Mobile Identity panel discussion chaired by David Birch on Thursday, February 27, from 11:30 to 13:00 in the Conference Village, Hall 4, Auditorium 5. In his presentation, “Accelerating Mobile ID within Identity Federations,” Blumenthal will present his perspective on this important and evolving topic, particularly on the benefits of a federated digital identity model and how such a model can help accelerate consumer adoption while ensuring privacy and security. Following the individual presentations, Blumenthal will participate in the panel discussion.
Didier Serra, SecureKey’s executive vice president of global partnerships, will also be moderating a panel discussion during the Personal Data Workshop on “The Role of Mobile Identity in Application Development,” where solution providers and a mobile network operator representative will explore the role of the mobile ecosystem in supporting identity management. The Personal Data Workshop will take place during the WIP Jam App Developer Conference on Wednesday, February 26.
During the Mobile World Congress conference, SecureKey executives will be available to speak with attendees in a private meeting room. Those wishing to meet with SecureKey executives during the show should contact Sarah Douglas at email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
About The Human Chain
The Human Chain is a UK-based practice specialising in business and technical consultancy as well as thought leadership in mobile and wireless. We have more than 20 years’ experience working with mobile operators/carriers, technology and service providers throughout Europe and North America, helping them bring new products and services to market. We focus on bringing mCommerce solutions to market, such as mWallets, payment, loyalty, access and mobileID/authentication using technologies such as NFC, contactless, biometrics, and M2M using structured business consultancy along with our rapid service realisation and demonstration framework MxE.
About SecureKey Technologies Inc.
SecureKey is the leading provider of cloud-based trusted identity networks that reduce the burden, cost, and risks associated with user authentication. The company's federated authentication solutions ensure that users are properly authenticated regardless of the service, device, or credential they prefer to use. Organizations can quickly and easily deliver high-value online services to millions of consumers and citizens with improved transaction privacy, simplicity, and convenience. SecureKey is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Boston, and Washington D.C. The company is backed by a world-class group of venture and corporate investors. For additional information, please visit securekey.com.
Source: SecureKey Technologies Inc.