South Koreans will soon start showing their blockchain driver licenses directly via their smartphones, according to a new move which is featured in the blockchain news today. This will put South Korea in the forefront when it comes to the adoption of this technology – and allow it to make use of a unique blockchain powered ID solution for smartphones.
Even though nothing is put into practice (yet), the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT has approved a plan where all three major mobile carriers in the country – including SK, KT and LG U+ – will start operating an app which stores the blockchain driver licenses on the customer’s mobile phones. The police force in South Korea has also approved the move.
Named Pass, the new app will scan the existing driver’s licenses. These will be later approved by police software and uploaded to a blockchain-based platform which makes use of police servers.
Once the driver uploads the scan, the app produces a QR code. With this, police officers will be able to scan the QR code and view the digitized driver’s license on their own handsets. The ministry also said that the blockchain-powered solution will help “reduce costs and prevent crimes caused by the loss and theft of ID cards.”
The government also confirmed that the new blockchain driver licenses on mobile will be accepted as proof of age in many stores and cinemas. According to media outlets such as eDaily and SBS, the new licenses are a hot topic in the cryptonews in the country – and will likely see the day “in early 2020.” The three carriers will collaborate with the police on various technological solutions.
Last year, the stage government of Australia’s New South Wales also conducted a similar state-wide pilot for digitizing the driver licensing in the country – again with the help of blockchain technology. The state is also hoping to unveil blockchain driver licenses and make use of the official documentation through the smart contracts technology, but also expand to other sectors such as high school diplomas, birth and death certificates.
In times when the blockchain news are showing signs of mass adoption, the world is definitely prepared to embrace this technology in more and more industries.
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