Samsung partners German authorities to launch mobile ID

The new solution will be available on selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Samsung partners German authorities to launch mobile ID. Source:

Samsung Electronics, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bundesdruckerei (bdr), and Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH have announced the launch of Germany’s National electronic ID.

The new hardware-based security architecture will allow citizens to store their National ID on their smartphones along with eID. Once enrolled, their eID is transferred to a secure location on their phone.

In addition to the identity card, almost every citizen in Germany owns a smartphone. Thanks to the OPTIMOS project and in cooperation with Samsung and Deutsche Telekom Security, we now have the chance to combine the high level of trust in the physical document with the user-friendliness of the smartphone. We are thus creating the basis to ensure sovereignty and trust in a world that is becoming increasingly ‘digital’ and ‘mobile’. In the future, digital sovereign identities and authorizations can be used and managed by citizens in a self-determined manner via the app provided by bdr for this purpose
Dr. Stefan Hofschen, CEO of Bundesdruckerei

This new mobile eID solution was created as part of the OPTIMOS 2.0 project. It aims is to create an open ecosystem that provides the technology and infrastructure for secure mobile authentication.

We’ve reported that Eftpos is testing a digital ID solution to access government services, after the proof of concept completion with 17 Australian businesses.


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