QLD, Eftpos complete connectID trials

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 11 November, 2021

QLD, Eftpos complete connectID trials

The Queensland Government and three Australian companies have completed a trial involving using digital identity technology to improve productivity across the state’s economy.

The trial, conducted in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Eftpos, Australian Fintech Meeco and engineering and technical services company Powertech, involved the use of Eftpos’ digital identity solution connectID.

Field trials were conducted with real-world workers employed by Powertech on mining, oil and gas, renewables, infrastructure and defence projects.

The trials demonstrated that the time to verify compulsory safety, licensing and training credentials and certificates required by workers before they start on a job can be reduced from three days to just 30 minutes using digital identity technologies.

The time for an HR team to onboard a new worker was reduced from 72 hours to 30 minutes, while the time for a new worker to provide necessary credentials information was likewise cut from 48 hours to 30 minutes.

The trial used distributed ledger technologies from Hedera Hashgraph for the registration and verification of the credential records. Eftpos is a Governing Council member of Hedera and Meeco is a partner. Meeco provided its mobile identity wallet for the trial.

Transport and Main Roads Customer Oriented Registration and Licensing General Manager Chris Goh said the digital ID trial was an important step in creating a trusted credentials ecosystem that creates convenience and assurance for businesses across the state.

“Digital Identity has been largely talked about as authentication and logins. Credentials like driver licences are still the dominant form of representing identity in the community. Linking digital credentials to a digital account creates a complete digital identity solution, and we are very grateful to be able to work with industry and businesses to prove and realise that vision,” he said.

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