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IMPULSE, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to facilitate online identification in public services

IMPULSE (Identity Management in PUbLic SErvices) is an european project led by Gradiant – Research and Technology Organization (RTO) focused on connectivity, intelligence, and security technologies – and involving 16 entities from 9 different countries, including InfoCert.

The alliance will work on the concept of Electronic Identity (eID) – the way users can identify themselves (and be identified) through the network – and its implications in multiple contexts – through the use of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies.

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The current health crisis around the world has limited personal interactions, digitising all kinds of procedures. This brings a number of problems, not only for those unfamiliar with the complex identification systems on the internet, but also for those who are not comfortable providing their personal data over the internet.

Furthermore, in a world where it is increasingly common to carry out all kinds of processes online, avoiding fraud and deception is only possible with first-class technology.

InfoCert and the other 15 partners involved in the project aims to create a tool which combines two of the most promising technologies available today, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain networks, with the aim of improving the management of digital identity and electronic identification in the public sector.

The application of these technologies in the field of digital identity will substantially improve the existing electronic identification systems at the time legal, privacy or social issues requiring further analysis may raise.

IMPULSE will incorporate advanced face biometrics and document validation techniques based on AI to facilitate identification processes and provide the user with a digital onboarding experience that is fully transparent.

In addition, blockchain technology and the use of smart contracts will allow adding trustworthiness in the process, providing mechanisms for users to demonstrate their identity without the need to disclose their personal data to third parties, a priori, not reliable.

The consortium, made up of partners from Spain, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Iceland, France and Denmark, is funded by the European Union with €4 million under the Horizon 2020 programme.

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