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Project in Focus: Grand Designs

Churchill Room

Successfully bringing government ID projects to fruition requires many stakeholders to work together. There is much at stake, with security and identity surety being primary concerns. However, there are many other factors at play, including working within economic constraints and understanding political and cultural influences. SDW’s Grand Designs session is an opportunity for attendees to learn from a smorgasbord of secure ID projects from around the world, where unique challenges were expertly overcome to achieve success.


Session Chair's Introduction
Matthew Finn, SDW 2018 Conference Co-Chair and Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK



Ministerial Address: Kosovo goes mobile: The first countrywide rollout of a mobile driver’s license
Bejtush Gashi, Minister of Internal Affairs, Republic of Kosovo, and
Hermann Sterzinger, COO, Veridos, Germany

The Republic of Kosovo is the first country in the world to roll out a nationwide mobile driver’s license solution. Kosovans are able to use an app to display their driver’s license on their smartphone. Public authorities can verify the license by using a matching app, also available on smartphones. The solution is based on the VeriGO® DriveID mobile driver’s license platform by Veridos, and can be expanded to act as an ID wallet for a variety of different IDs, such as digital identity cards or mobile healthcare cards. Together with Veridos COO Dr. Hermann Sterzinger, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Bejtush Gashi, will present the mobile driver’s license solution that offers citizens a new level of convenience and data security.

Remote renewal of on-card eID certificates – a key to bypassing security vulnerability
Kaija Kirch, Head of Identity Management, Development Department of the Police and Border Guard Board, Estonia

Estonia is a very digital society, with around 5000 public and private online services from online banking to telecom services. Only marriages, divorces and real-estate transactions are not available online.

For such a digital society, September 2017 began with horrific news – 2/3 of all the valid and very actively used ID-cards that also have eID functionality where affected by ROCA vulnerability.

Immediate suspending or revoking of the vulnerability-affected cards would have been the end of the Estonian digital society. Physically replacing 2/3 of all the valid ID-cards was impossible as there is no infrastructure for immediately replacing the documents issued during the previous three years.

In order to bypass the vulnerability, a software update and renewal software were developed in a very close and challenging public-private sector cooperation. The software update and the ID-card renewal software enabled Estonia to bypass the vulnerability without replacing all the security-risk affected cards. With the renewal software the card holders were able to renew their ID-cards either remotely from their own personal computer or at one of the police service points. Barely a month after the renewal software went live, nearly half of the ID-cards were updated and the Estonian digital society was rescued. 
•    The risk – the problem and the extent of the ROCA vulnerability for Estonia;
•    The solution – how to bypass the security risk without replacing the cards;
•    Public-private cooperation – how to solve a complex problem in cooperation.

The EU response to travel document fraud- First outcomes of the Action Plan
Silvia Kolligs-Tuffery, Policy Officer, Visa and Document Security Unit, Directorate for Migration and Mobility and Innovation, DG General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Duncan Faulkner, Senior Principle, Bundesdruckerei, Germany

The Action Plan to strengthen the EU response to travel document fraud was adopted on 7 December 2016, and aims at improving the overall security of travel documents issued in the EU to EU citizens and third-country nationals used for identification and border crossings. It identifies weaknesses, and proposes actions for Member States and the Commission. It also addresses horizontal issues, including the role of the agencies and the international dimension. The first report will be adopted in the first quarter 2018. Among others, two actions will be highlighted: the new visa format and the new residence permit for third-country nationals. The two documents were re-designed and rendered more secure. Member States have to implement them no later than 15 months after the adoption of the technical specifications.


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