Australian government implements blockchain for digital driver's license

10 Sep, 2018
by Fifi Arisandi
Australian government implements blockchain for digital driver's license

The New South Wales government implements blockchain technology for the new digital driver's license.

The government of the New South Wales, Australia prepares for huge adoption for their blockchain-based digital driver's license in the region, following a successful trial earlier this year, as reported by ITnews.

The CEO of Secure Logic, the company that developed the technology believed that the blockchain implementation will "help put a stop to sophisticated fraudsters who can conjure up fake identities with relative ease". Santosh Devaraj said, "Too often licence details are only checked superficially and this can now be replaced with cryptographic mechanisms." 

He also stated that, "The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end. As is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licenced venues." Furthermore, he added, "These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive and impractical ways to offer services."

The bigger adoption of the technology will start with more than 140,000 drivers from the Eastern Beaches region are required to use the digital driver's license for police checks as well as to gain entry to pubs and clubs in the area. Further expansion is highly anticipated in the future as the NSW government expected for a state-wide adoption by the end of 2019 when they handed AU$9.3 million to the Department of Finance, Innovation and Services for the project in this year's budget. 

Aside from preventing forgery and streamlining the government services to the public, the implementation of blockchain in digital driver's license is also expected to address privacy concerns as drivers are only required to show their digital license to the police.

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