A deal between UK’s security identity firm HID Global and the Media Concepts of Lagos, Nigeria are set to deploy mobile IDs on Nigerian citizens’ smartphones using the new HID goID™ platform according to a new report.
The mobile IDs will be issued through the Nigerian Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BCMR) vehicle registration card program, which provides real-time access to vehicle/vehicle owner information via credentials and mobile readers powered by Seos.
Earlier in pilot phase, the BCMR card program is moving to full implementation with the expectation to register all motor vehicles as the project rolls out nationwide.
“Our vision is to create a safer Nigeria for both citizens and police. This project equips our police officers with the information they need, enabling them to do their job more effectively,” said Femi Agoro, Director, Media Concepts. “Working together with HID Global, we are proud to be bringing such innovative new mobile technologies to the people of Nigeria.”
The move is expected to be successful due to adoption of mobile phones by Nigeria’s 170 million plus citizens offering them the option to carry a mobile ID on a smartphone to easily and conveniently prove vehicle ownership.
This is also expected to lead to a major deployment of vehicle registration cards and mobile readers.
Simultaneously, the Nigerian police are launching the program to offer citizens a secure and convenient mobile ID option. Citizens can apply for a mobile ID at the time of vehicle registration. Once registration is complete, issuance of the mobile ID to a citizen’s smartphone is almost instant, which bridges the gap between registration and receipt of the physical card.
The Nigerian Police will be issued smartphones as mobile readers to verify a vehicle owner’s ID and at the same time gain real-time access to reliable accident, crime or insurance information on the vehicle. The readers will sit in a specially designed cradle to accommodate the citizen’s biometrics stored on the card or mobile ID.
The new BCMR mobile IDs to allow citizen IDs to be safely provisioned to and authenticated on a smartphone as well as take instant possession of their vehicle (s) registration.