Some government initiatives are looking at putting identity information within the secure element (SE) of NFC-capable devices. Because the SE is so trusted, it is very feasible to store driver’s licenses, government and healthcare identity cards right within the mobile device.
You lock your house. You lock your car. You should lock your online identity too, and not just with something as easily compromised as a password. Smart cards are a very effective way to protect you online with what security experts call two-factor authentication. To use it, insert your smart card in a reader and enter a PIN code to prove it is you. The card then uses very secure digital certificates and cryptographic methods to verify you are at the correct website and prove it is you.
The Coordinator of the National ID (NID) Project, Pascal Nyamurinda, said in an interview with The New Times that the proposed card would incorporate data of an individual's driver's license as well as that of travel documents.
The system allows customers with contactless technology cards to quickly make payments for all transactions under £10 and there is no minimum limit.
All major banks are now issuing contactless technology cards. Barclays said it will issue a further 6m in the coming months.
Although the e-healthcare smart card stores different information in each country, there are many commonalities. Most include personal identification information, so you do not have to repetitively fill out forms. They also contain your social or private healthcare benefits, and can be PIN protected so you have control over who can access your health information.
A smart health card uses technology that securely stores your personal health information.
A microprocessor chip is embedded into the card, making it a "smart" card. The security features inherent in smart card technology reduce or eliminate fraud, including medical identity theft. Some of the countries that are involved in initiatives utilizing smart health cards are Algeria, Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom .