Using Mobile Devices to Authenticate Identities: A New Smart Card Alliance White Paper

Using Mobile Devices to Authenticate Identities: A New Smart Card Alliance White Paper

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., SEPTEMBER 5, 2012–Mobile devices are critical to most peoples’ daily lives for more than just means of communication. Today, it’s become a global trend to use these devices as a platform for secure transactions–including identity authentication. The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council focuses on this trend toward using mobile devices for secure smart card-based identity applications in a new white paper released today, ”Mobile Devices and Identity Applications.”

“For more than a decade, secure smart card technology has been adopted broadly for use in passports and identity cards because it can prevent identity theft and assist countries in verifying citizen and non-citizen identities. Now, at a time when more than 140 million smartphones are shipping every quarter and mobile technology has become the most influential technology and business driver in the world, members of our Identity Council created this white paper to show how mobile devices and secure smart card technology can converge to enable innovative approaches for identity authentication,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

The white paper describes the global use of digital identity credentials and the role that smart card technology plays in securing those credentials and protecting digital identity transactions. It includes descriptions of the ways mobile devices can be used to authenticate identity, including:

  • Generating and receiving one-time passwords to log on to secure sites or access secure services.
  • Storing digital identity credentials on a mobile device and using them to log on, digitally sign, and encrypt documents as part of a secure mobile browser session.
  • Storing digital identity credentials on an NFC-enabled mobile device and using the credentials for physical access or secure logon.
  • Using an NFC-enabled mobile device to read identity credentials presented with a contactless smart card (e.g., an employee ID badge) securely (e.g., by a security guard).

To download the white paper, and view more identity resources from the Identity Council, visit /publications-mobile-devices-and-identity-applications.

Identity Council members involved in the development of this document included: Booz Allen Hamilton; Consult Hyperion; Deloitte & Touche LLP; Gemalto; HID Global; HP Enterprise Services; Identive; IDmachines; Identification Technology Partners; INSIDE Secure; Intellisoft; NXP Semiconductors; SecureKey Technologies.

About the Identity Council

The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council is focused on promoting best policies and practices concerning person and machine identity, including strong authentication and the appropriate authorization across different use cases. Through its activities the Council encourages the use of digital identities that provide strong authentication across assurance environments through smart credentials–e.g., smart ID cards, mobile devices, enhanced driver’s licenses, and other tokens. The Council addresses the challenges of securing identity and develops guidance for organizations so that they can realize the benefits that secure identity delivers. The Council engages a broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit