“Essentially, it’s meant to offer a means of identifying registered individuals by their biometric traits, without unnecessarily revealing other personal information, with trusted parties to the blockchain system assuring credibility.”
ID2020 held its Platform for Change Summit at the United Nations today, with Accenture, Microsoft, and Avanade showcasing a new identity platform based on blockchain and biometrics.
The aim of all this is to help deliver officially recognized identity to the 1.1 billion people in the world lacking such documentation. ID2020 is a public-private partnership in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, which is concerned with bringing about officially recognized identity for everyone, a critical issue for matters like accessing government services and migrating between countries. Its goal is to enable digital identity for everyone in the world by 2030.
To that end, Accenture has taken the opportunity to launch a prototype identity system based on the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s “permissioned” blockchain protocol. It runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, and is designed to use fingerprint and iris biometrics, among others, for identification in a decentralized manner. Essentially, it’s meant to offer a means of identifying registered individuals by their biometric traits, without unnecessarily revealing other personal information, with trusted parties to the blockchain system assuring credibility.
The system’s focus on biometric identification should help to ensure compatibility with the UN refugee agency’s increasingly biometric approach; and it was announced along with the launch of the ID2020 Alliance, a consortium poised to support the solution’s development.
June 19, 2017 – by Alex Perala