A Secure Digital Identity for Many Applications: Karlsruhe Becomes a "Showcase for Secure Digital Identities”

Register once and use many Karlsruhe online services simply and securely - that is the aim of the project ”Schaufenster Sichere Digitale Identitäten Karlsruhe” (showcase secure digital identities Karlsruhe) / A concept for a secure digital identity suitable for everyday use for citizen-, mobility- and health services / Interdisciplinary project team from the City of Karlsruhe, CAS Software, INIT, ISB, Jolocom and the FZI / Karlsruhe strengthens its commitment as an IT location and technology region

Karlsruhe, 29.06.2020 - Register once and conveniently use many regional services and offers online from home or while travelling: What might sound simple, is still a vision of the future in the areas of E-government, mobility and health. Whether it's for a medical check-up, to apply for a passport at the citizens' centre, or to commute by means of public transport, we have to clearly identify ourselves in everyday life by presenting a passport, health card or annual ticket- and each service requires different documents and information.

If citizens want to conveniently carry out administrative and economic services, such as going to the citizens' centre or booking a car-sharing vehicle, online, they have to be able to digitally identify themselves in a clear and secure manner. Previously, these required new identifications for each individual service. In some cases they have to initially identify themselves in person on site, in order to present their driving licence, identity card or student ID.

The project consortium of the research project "Schaufenster Sichere Digitale Identitäten Karlsruhe" - shortly SDIKA – which was launched on June 1, 2020, aims to simplify this process using the "single sign-on" principle: In the future, citizens and organisations will be able to use a single digital identity to access numerous citizen-, health- and mobility services in Karlsruhe - seamlessly, independent of location and across all applications for services provided by public administration and the private industry.

"A special feature of our concept at SDIKA is the large number of cross-cutting issues - interoperability, usability & user experience, digital sovereignty and security, business models and legal issues - combined with several fields of application. The interdisciplinary project team is well prepared for these undertakings and constitutes a great potential for the project", says project and Department Manager at the FZI Dr.-Ing. Sascha Alpers.

For this purpose, partners from the industry, local government and science are working closely together in the project. The Office for Information Technology and Digitisation of the City of Karlsruhe is actively responsible in the project for administration and eGovernment. The three Karlsruhe IT companies CAS Software AG, INIT GmbH and ISB Institut für Software-Entwicklung und EDV-Beratung AG contribute their expertise in networking people and organisations, usability & user experience (UUX) and in the field of IT for mobility and administration. Jolocom GmbH offers a market-ready identity solution and focuses on decentralised and self-determined identity management in everyday digital life. The FZI Research Center for Information Technology as consortium leader contributes its know-how on legal issues, digital sovereignty and usability & user experience as well as software development.

The focus is now set on developing a convincing concept for the subsequent implementation phase together with all key stakeholders. "Together with the citizens, we want to further strengthen Karlsruhe as an IT location and technology region by making online services easier and securer to access and by promoting digitalisation in the region. Therefore, we will involve them directly into joint workshops," said Sascha Alpers.

Thanks to the findings gained by the projects "regiomove" and "digital@KA", the partners do not have to start from scratch, but can rely on extensive experiences and results from these regional digitalisation projects.

About the project

SDIKA is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the innovation competition "Schaufenster Sichere Digitale Identitäten". The funding programme is two-tiered. Eleven projects were selected for the first phase. Each individual project aims to develop a showcase for secure digital identities in a region. These regions are spread all over Germany. In each region, it is now important to develop a good implementation concept as part of the competition. The concepts will subsequently be evaluated according to various criteria. These include the expected number of uses of digital identities by citizens with the project ("Touchpoints"). The aim is to strongly promote a small number of projects during an implementation phase, which will then reach a large number of citizens and thus, not only demonstrate utilisation concepts but also directly address a large number of people.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. The FZI is the innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Further Information

Johanna Haes, Communications
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-904
Email: presse@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en