National, state, and local governments worldwide wrestle with citizen and resident identification: issuing, monitoring, and providing their citizens and residents the appropriate support at the correct time, from birth to death. Governments must issue various forms of identifications and credentials that help them provide services to their citizens and residents.
Typical government-issued credentials
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Number or Citizen Identity
- Driver Licenses
- Identity Cards
- Real Estate ownership titles
- Business licenses
- Automobile ownership titles
- Benefits enrollment certification
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
When natural disasters strike, governments and non-government agencies also provide emergency aid, and having it distributed accurately and without fraud to the affected population is critical.
Providing services after establishing identity is vital. It isn’t very easy for the resident or citizen to keep track of various identity documents and present them. Moreover, government departments must verify them properly and efficiently using a method that can be done online or with a kiosk-assisted mode that improves the experience and reduces fraud.
The ADIA Specification provides a way for governments to issue a unique digital identifier called a “Digital Address,” which is initially created by the government. Once issued, the user controls that “Digital Address,” and other government agencies issue credentials and identities to that single Digital Address. Users can better present their credentials at a granular level-based context, giving them the power to protect their data.
A Digital Address within the ADIA ecosystem has the power to bring all of the government issuers’ credentials together as verifiable credentials to change the way citizens and governments interact—to the benefit of both. Governments can trust that benefits and services are going to the people they are meant for. Credentials issued in the ADIA ecosystem are the perfect weapon to defeat fraud.
Citizen identities are safe and secure, and they can prove who they are easily and quickly. The ADIA ecosystem ensures privacy and consent for sharing data across the myriad interactions with government services.
The result is an organizational transformation. Governments can use verifiable credentials to radically simplify and automate their systems, eliminate duplication, and reduce error and waste.
And verifiable credentials can even provide a path to identity for the billion people without a formal legal identity. They can bootstrap identity so that people can access financial services, education for their children, healthcare, property rights, and emergency aid.
Through the unique features and services we have created for the ADIA specification, we can provide trusted, verifiable identity for even high-risk situations—through our special, consent-based identity escrow services. We can even offer trusted, verifiable identity for those who don’t have access to a smartphone which
- Improved process efficiency
- Reduced fraud
- Reduced paperwork
- Stronger tracking and accountability
- Streamlined delivery of benefits
In the ADIA ecosystem, all these things are not just possible; they are ready for deployment today.