A Holistic Perspective of eIDs – for Global Interoperability, Higher Security and Modernised Processes

Electronic identity documents (eIDs) contain not only personal data but also the holder’s biometric information, most commonly the biometric face image and fingerprints. Biometric data must be captured at high quality to enable its successful later use, and its storage on the chip must be protected with digital certificates. This is governed by international standards. Only by such means data can be securely protected from manipulation and forgery and accessed by entities that are verifiably authorised to do so.

Adding the electronic component to the established optical security features has drastically enhanced the security of the documents and greatly improved identity protection. And not only that – the use of electronic data enables a variety of applications such as the automation or “mobilisation” of police identity checks and border control. Processes become simpler, quicker and even more secure.

The ability to inspect the over 500 million ePassports in circulation at international borders is fundamentally contingent on the interoperability of eIDs and passport-readers. This also applies to the use of national electronic identity documents in e-government and access control applications.

Extensive expertise for the entire eID process chain
secunet´s know-how of eIDs is truly exceptional: Our specialists have accompanied and shaped the standardisation of eIDs since the very beginning, from both the document’s as well as the application’s perspective, and have therefore set standards on a global scale. Our extensive expertise is based on this active participation in standardisation committees, the definition of a large number of globally applicable specifications and the technical supervision of numerous international interoperability tests. Even today, we continue to play a defining role in a variety of technical guidelines of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as well as other national and international standards.