Some countries, such as Belgium, have deployed national identity cards, and many others will follow suit. There was an intriguing discussion on mobile identity at the European e-Identity Conference in The Hague.
Mobile phones are an interesting alternative to conventional cards. Technically, they work well, as they can hold a smart card. There are a number of benefits:
- Most people carry phones with them.
- They can be used for payments, and users prefer phones over cards for this function:
- New technologies such as Near Field Communications can support “customer-present” payments.
- SMS authentication can support “customer-not-present” payments.
- Loss of a phone is usually recognized quickly.
- Information on phones can be remotely disabled.
This seems to have worthy potential as a different way to handle identity cards.