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Ontario Photo ID Cards on Smartphones Now Closer to Reality

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Last year, it was reported that the UK’s Vehicle Licensing Agency is planning to get rid of plastic driving licences by allowing the drivers to add their license to Apple Wallet and now, Ottawa-based software company Bluink has won a $1.2M contract with the Ontario government to develop a platform that would store electronic versions of driver’s licences and other government-issued ID on a user’s smartphone.

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Bluink CEO Steve Borza, whose company has been working on its own password authentication technology for the past few years, believes this pilot project could finally render physical versions of photo IDs obsolete. “For us, it’s a great start, and the opportunities beyond Ontario are huge,” he told the publication. 

The app, called eID-me, will allow users to protect their privacy by revealing only as much information as necessary to prove their identities, Borza added. It will also speed up access to services such as medical care. With the touch of a button, all of a patient’s relevant OHIP information can be instantly downloaded to an electronic registration form during visits to hospitals and clinics.

“Users with existing ID cards will be able to register for eID-me directly from their smartphones and will also have the option of renewing documents such as their driver’s licence through the app without having to go to a ServiceOntario centre or website.

All data is encrypted, Mr. Borza said, and users will not need a separate password to access the app. Bluink’s CEO said the app could ultimately be synched up with corporate security systems, allowing workers to bypass the time-consuming process of verifying their identity before logging on to servers or databases.”

Bluink launched its 12-month proof-of-concept in October and aims to start testing the app at medical clinics and universities next spring.

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  • Shawn

    YES!!!!!!

  • Rick Jeans

    About time as I have been waiting since I got my iPhone 7 years ago

  • johnnygoodface

    Can we have that in QC also!? I’ve been waiting for that since the day Wallet came out!

  • xeronine992

    My only problem is handing my phone over to the police during say a traffic stop.

    Why I can’t just give the cop my driver’s license # anyway is beyond me. It’s not like they take the card at face value anyway. They’ll always pull up your info in their car.

  • Riley Freeman

    beeen thinking about this since wallet came out. TTC needs to get on this presto sucks

  • They need a NFC Tap situation like we have with Interact Flash so the cop just has to ask us to tap a machine and the info comes up.

  • I’ve been wanting this for years, especially for passports etc. Hope Alberta gets in on this.

  • You don’t have to hand your phone to the police. If a cop pulls you over, they send a request to your phone for your driver information from their mobile device, you see what information they are requesting, and you choose the information you send to the cop. The rest of your information remains private.

  • Tony TT

    my life would be so much easier if ontario puts out an app that would you can add all their cards to wallet… please faster. all companies should be jumping on the wallet app. it would be so much more convenient

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