The City of Gelsenkirchen, together with various partners, participated in the innovation competition "Showcase Secure Digital Identities" of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). The submitted project SmartphoneID+ is one of only eleven shop-window projects that made it into the second round. The next phase of the competition, in which the concept will be worked out in detail, is being funded by BMWi with around 440,000 €.
With the innovation competition "Shop Window Secure Digital Identities", the BMWi launched a call for funding at the end of 2019, which is intended to advance the development of a uniform ID solution that can be used nationwide. The ID solution is intended to enable digital identification via smartphone for government, public authorities and companies. To this end, technology providers and local authorities are to cooperate closely. The focus is on the interoperability and user orientation of the ID solutions.
The SmartphoneID+ should, for example, be able to map official processes completely and without media discontinuity: from the digital application for a document, through identification and authentication, to payment of the applicable fee. The focus is on a simple and secure user experience for all use cases. An identity management platform enables users to enter and manage their sensitive data securely. This platform is linked to an authentication app. During the authentication process for various applications - such as the application for citizen service documents - secure communication takes place between the app and the platform.
The basis for the Smartphone ID+ is the NRW (North-Rhine Westphalia) model project "Smartphone Citizen ID", which is funded by the Digital Model Regions NRW and implemented jointly by the City of Gelsenkirchen, XignSys GmbH, if(is) of the Westfälische Hochschule and the City of Aachen. Lukas Rissel, who is accompanying the project on behalf of the city of Gelsenkirchen is pleased about the further development of the Gelsenkirchen authentication app: "Through the support program of the Digital Model Regions NRW, we had already focused on the topic of digital identities in our work. With the innovation competition, we now see an opportunity to deepen this focus".
The platform created in the SmartphoneID+ project will extend the authentication app with additional applications. Thus, the execution of online payment transactions via defined payment interfaces will be made possible and documents will be reusable without media discontinuity by combining a legally valid digital signature in one process. In addition, secure video ID procedures are to be integrated. Through the merger with the consortium partners FintecSystems GmbH, identity Trust Management AG, if(is) of the Westfälische Hochschule and XignSys GmbH, as well as other associated partners, the competences required for the project will be bundled and brought into the project.
"Gelsenkirchen has been selected for another funding project. This shows that digital solutions made in Gelsenkirchen are now also highly regarded at national level," says Maik Luhmann, Commissioner for Digitization of the City of Gelsenkirchen. With the start of the competition phase on June 1, 2020, the project consortium will initially develop an implementation concept for SmartphoneID+, which should show in which concrete areas of life the solution will create added value. If the concept proves itself, the project will enter the implementation phase, for which only three showcase projects can qualify. Each of these projects will then be funded with up to 15 million euros and should be interoperable with each other in such a way that at the end of the project an ID solution will be created that can be used nationwide.
Gelsenkirchen has set out to shape the digital future. One of the most important aspects is the networking of people, business and science. As a networked city, Gelsenkirchen, together with its various players, is pushing ahead with digitization projects that will bring concrete benefits for the people of the city. Through intelligent traffic and parking guidance systems, apps such as the defect detector or the smartphone citizen ID or the consistent expansion of the fibre optic network. Gelsenkirchen - The networked city. www.gelsenkirchen.de/vernetztestadt.