Blockchain solution for govt services launches

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 10 September, 2018

Blockchain solution for govt services launches

Sydney-based technology company Secure Logic has launched a new blockchain-based solution to support the digitalisation of government services.

The company’s new TrustGrid platform is designed to allow governments to use a distributed ledger of transactions to allow government agencies and vetted private organisations to enter information sharing arrangements on the fly.

TrustGrid is already being used to support the NSW Government’s trials of digital driver’s licences, starting with a pilot with 1400 Dubbo residents earlier this year.

A second, far larger pilot is planned in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in November. Around 140,000 motorists from Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Randwick and Waverley will be eligible to participate.

Motorists from these suburbs will be able to use digital licences as proof of identity and age when entering pubs and clubs or during roadside police checks. But they will still be required to have their physical licences on them while driving.

The digital licences are available through the ServiceNSW app on both Android and iOS devices.

SecureLogic CEO Santosh Devaraj said digital licences have the potential to be more secure and effective against data theft than physical licences.

“In the case of digital licences, this will help put a stop to sophisticated fraudsters who can conjure up fake identities with relative ease. Too often licence details are only checked superficially and this can now be replaced with cryptographic mechanisms,” he said.

“For example, should a criminal attempt to enter a bank and withdraw someone else’s money, the Trustgrid platform would enable a teller to do a digital scan of the licence, initiating an authentication process that only the true identity owner could complete.”

The platform also has applications in government services including medical records, birth and death certificates, HSC results, property results and other government services requiring the secure exchange of sensitive information.

Image credit: © Rudyi

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