The revolution of blockchain is expanding its roots with more interesting innovations and trials coming up one after another. Asides from being a base for the digital assets, it has began to change our everyday life; how we live, interact, work, and now – how we drive.
Since last May the residents of the state of New South Wales, Australia, have been allowed to use their digital driving licence as a proof of identity and age, instead of the old-fashioned physical document. It can be used for example for police checks, renewing hunting and fishing licences and buying age restricted products.
Now, the government of the NSW state has completed a trial of the digital driver’s licence builded up in a blockchain-based platform called TrustGrid.
The system developed by Australian cyber-security firm Secure Logic is expected to be in a statewide use before the end of 2019.
TrustGrid is aiming to improve the security of the ID authentication, make the validation more convenient via a smartphone app and decrease the risk of ID frauds. The users of the app can also renew their licence or change their personal details without any additional courses or authorities.
In the interview with ItNews, The CEO of Secure Logic, Santosh Devaraj stated, that the TrustGrid would “help put a stop to sophisticated fraudsters who can conjure up fake identities with relative ease”.
Devaraj also said:
“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end. As is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licenced venues.”
The Government of New South Wales gave total of $9.3 million from the yearly state budget for the Department of Finance in order to expand the digital driver’s licence trial.
Author: Sarah Tuuli