eIDs: A Foundation for Digital ID Success

Making PKI, and in turn, digital certificates (digital IDs), work in today’s marketplace involves several critical factors:

• a strong commitment to the technology;
• a well thought-out system for provisioning of digital IDs to users;
• the availability of tools to use and employ the digital IDs; and
• applications which deliver a potent value proposition and benefit to the end user.

The deployment of electronic identity cards with on-board digital IDs represents a powerful new front in the effort to address these issues and bring PKI to the masses.

These cards, commonly known as eIDs, put a government-issued ID in a smart card (“chip card”) form factor. The smart card provides several critical advantages over other types of card technologies, particularly in the realm of security and privacy. In addition, the smart card has an inherent capability to protect and utilize a citizen digital ID.

The citizen can then use this digital ID, working in coordination with digital ID-friendly applications such as internet browsers and Adobe® Reader® or Acrobat®, to digitally sign tax forms, securely logon to government benefit sites, access resources, etc., all easily over the internet. Not only does this save the citizen time and money in interacting with the government, it can also dramatically save governments money and response times on delivery, paper handling, data entry, and production costs.

Learn more about the benefits of eIDs and how Adobe can deliver extended value to these deployments in this white paper, “eID cards: Improving trust and reducing the cost of e-government transactions,” posted on the Adobe Government website at: http://www.adobe.com/government/pdfs/eid_cards_wp.pdf .