In a time like the present, returning to a semi-normal stance is essential to help businesses continue operating as comfortably and clearly as they can. With some organizations pushing for their employees to return to work from their corporate offices, there is much to do to help prepare the pathway to ensure that employees can pick up safely working on-site while avoiding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and any of its variants. That’s where Digital Identity can come into the picture to provide some relief, but just what is Digital Identity, you might ask?
A Digital Identity is a set of validated digital attributes and credentials within that digital spectrum that help to identify a person within the real world. This could look like a number of specific identifiers, such as one’s social security number, their place, and date of birth, biometric options, or even their citizenship status. Depending on where the digital identity is required, some countries and providences may require different sets of information to process the transaction. Employer’s ID Badges can and have been working to adopt such identifiers into their very fibers to help encourage contactless and touchless interactions as employees are returning to their office spaces.
Considering the COVID-19 virus and vaccine capabilities, it’s about time that the world is granted access to a digital ID system that would help to ensure special identification measures to inform those of the benefits and services that they are guaranteed. Despite economic and service environments that appear more open to digital identity in response to COVID-19, some challenges still linger. It’s obvious that data security and promising that privacy is protected remain to be major risks, especially for the middle-income countries who are struggling to expand their digital services at such a rapid pace. According to the World Bank country leader for Madagascar, streamlining and digitizing services and improving the identification of citizens can help to readily speed of vaccination distribution processes, and even open the eyes of the world to readily available resources and benefits, if a public health crisis were to occur in the future.
Spotted in the real world, countries such as the USA, the UK, Australia, and The Netherlands are venturing into the world of Digital Driver’s Licenses. These provide a sense of convenience and ease of use in crowded or clustered situations. Just think of how simplified the security section of traveling through busy airports could be, especially in a more concerned world, post-COVID-19. Within the next few years, it’s likely we’ll see a surge towards such smart technologies, to further increase the possibilities that could come. Such trends show real potential for the accelerated evolution of digital identification and other online services, reminding us of the modern places this world could travel.
Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation.
Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.