Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Car Re-Registration with Information Cards and German eID by Fraunhofer Fokus

Fraunhofer Fokus demoed a cool scenario where a user re-registers his car using the new German eId and Microsoft CarsSpaceCardspace. What I exspecially liked that the slides show Firefox and the openinfocard selector installed.

The following is the text from the slide:
Re-registration of a car can prove a real headache. But the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin has joined forces with the Bundesdruckerei to develop the prototype of an electronic automobile re-registration procedure that can be conveniently operated using the home computer.
To use this simple procedure, however, the citizen first requires a safe means of identity in the digital world. He or she requires an electronic identity or ‘e-identity’ which needs to be created, administered and decommissioned.
Across its life cycle the digital identity can be used for a wide variety of different transactions and activities – but always with the aim of proving the identity of the real individual in the virtual world. Users must be able to navigate in the digital world; they must reveal certain information about themselves – but not too much and certainly not to everybody. At the same time increasingly pervasive networking means that previously separate islands of identity have now to interact and cooperate.
In the ‘Re-registration of an Vehicle’ scenario the car owner can use an electronic ID card as a means of identification of the type that will come into use in Germany in 2010. Using this card she logs onto a user-centric service – the scenario uses Windows’ CardSpace – which issues her with a ‘digital card’ or Information Card which she can use via an identity provider to safely authenticate herself on an vehicle portal. Using an electronic vehicle registration certificate – which could also become widely available in future – the car registration office can then read off the key data about the car via the internet and store the data that has been changed.
The citizen then transfers the revised data to a future digital license tag.

Please contact Jens Fromm from Fraunhofer Fokus for more information.

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