HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has announced a partnership with Lagos-based Media Concepts to launch mobile IDs on Nigerian citizens’ smartphones using the new HID goID™ platform.
Powered by the HID’s award-winning Seos technology, the mobile IDs will be issued through the Nigerian Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BCMR) vehicle registration card program, which provides real-time access to vehicle/vehicle owner information via credentials and mobile readers.
The Nigerian Police BCMR is a biometrically-enabled, real-time information system designed to enhance the reliability and effectiveness of policing.
The Nigerian police are launching the program to offer citizens a secure and convenient mobile ID option.
Citizens can apply for a mobile ID at the time of vehicle registration. Once registration is complete, issuance of the mobile ID to a citizen’s smartphone is almost instant, which bridges the gap between registration and receipt of the physical card.
Through smartphones, which will act as mobile readers, the Nigerian Police will be able to verify a vehicle owner’s ID and at the same time gain real-time access to reliable accident, crime or insurance information on the vehicle.
The readers will sit in a specially designed cradle to accommodate the citizen’s biometrics stored on the card or mobile ID.
“Smartphone adoption among Nigeria’s 170 million citizens is growing exponentially,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President and Managing Director, Government ID Solutions with HID Global.
He added, “Offering citizens the option to carry a mobile ID on a smartphone to easily and conveniently prove vehicle ownership is a natural next step in the wider shift to government-issued mobile IDs for vehicle registration and beyond.”
The BCMR card program is moving from pilot phase to full implementation with the expectation to register all motor vehicles as the project rolls out nationwide.
The BCMR vehicle registration program marks the beginning of a major deployment of vehicle registration cards and mobile readers that are powered by Seos technology.
“Our vision is to create a safer Nigeria for both citizens and police. This project equips our police officers with the information they need, enabling them to do their job more effectively. Working together with HID Global, we are proud to be bringing such innovative new mobile technologies to the people of Nigeria,” said Femi Agoro, Director, Media Concepts.