NDI, one of Singapore’s six Smart Nation strategic national projects, and a cornerstone of their digital economy. It involves issuing Singaporeans and residents a crypto-based mobile digital identity which they can use for both government and private sector transactions. This is envisioned to bring more convenience to citizens, as they need not remember multiple usernames and passwords for access to digital services. Another important aspect of the national digital identity program is to create a trusted digital ecosystem, where data and services can transcend the boundaries of systems, organizations, and countries.
They launched SingPass Mobile, which is an app that securely stores an individual’s digital identity. The individual can use this app to prove their identity and to provide authorization, using biometrics features on the phone. The adoption of SingPass Mobile in the 6 months since it was launched has been very encouraging.
The following products, in the form of APIs, are part of the national digital identity platform, which businesses can use to integrate into their digital services, to improve user journeys and streamline operations.
MyInfo: This is a “Tell Us Once” service that eliminates the need for citizens to repeatedly provide and verify the same personal information when transacting online. Businesses can use MyInfo APIs to obtain information from individuals upon their consent.
Verify: This is an identity verification service that businesses can integrate with for their physical shop front.
Sign: This service allows businesses and their customers to digitally sign a document, be it a contract, agreement or statutory filing 0and enjoy legal presumptions under the Electronics Transaction Act in Singapore;
Face: This is an identity verification service using facial recognition, that businesses can integrate with “as-a-service”. Face verification allows businesses an additional/alternative way of verifying a person’s identity, without the need and burden to collect biometrics data.