Eighty-five percent of all credentials issued annually will be eIDs within three years, and countries issuing eIDs will exceed those still using traditional IDs by four to one, according to a recent report by Acuity Market Intelligence.
With that in mind, HID Global, a provider of solutions for the delivery of secure identity, has provided its perspective on some of the key trends likely to impact government identity programs over the next five years.
The company says that the overarching drivers are the dramatic shift from traditional national identity documents such as social security cards and medical cards to eIDs, and the growing requirement to defend against mass counterfeiting and tampering attempts while assuring privacy, efficiency and ease of authentication.
“Among the most important factors that will shape the industry as it moves to near-universal eID adoption are the twin imperatives for providers and partners to provide effective defenses against large-scale forgery attempts and adopt a holistic approach to projects,” says Craig Sandness, vice president of sales with HID Global’s Government ID Solutions.
HID Global is experiencing accelerated demand for highly secure and layered, hybrid solutions such as the German National Identity card and the multi-tasking Carabinieri card used by Italy’s national police force. These solutions perform multiple tasks including access control, proof of identity, healthcare and tax ID, and government fee payments. Multi-functional credentials also leverage a combination of different technologies including contact or contactless chips, RFID antennae, biometrics and optically variable devices to deliver the requisite levels of functionality and security.
Click here to read HID Global’s entire statement on the national ID card industry.