Scytáles ISO/IEC 18013-5 Compliant Solutions
A mobile driving licence (mDL) that is secure, accurate, interoperable, and protects privacy is here and is changing the identity landscape.
Successfully passed the conformity assessment against the ISO 18013-5
Scytáles mobile driving licence (mDL) and mobile ID (mID) applications for iOS and Android have successfully passed a conformity assessment against ISO 18013-5 carried out by UL's Identity Management & Security division, the global safety science leader. The conformity assessment is used to evaluate compliance with voluntary consensus standards or technical regulations. With conformity in an open mDL/mID ecosystem, we have the same level of trust as a traditional biometric passport. In addition, with the mobile ID solution, those that rely on conventional DL/ID cards can reach a higher quality of services.
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The importance of being interoperable in a mobile identity solution
There are infinite use case scenarios in a mobile identity ecosystem. As such, an mDL and an mDL validator will run on different operating systems and be designed and developed by different vendors.
This is why interoperability, enforced by ISO 18013-5, is one of the key factors in opting for and achieving a functioning mDL ecosystem so that, for example, a Malaysian citizen with a driving privilege can be validated online by a rental officer in the same way upon renting a car in Sweden, Finland or any other place in the world.
Scytáles ISO mDL/mID and validation products ensure full interoperability and are passing the various ISO 18013-5 tests.
Scytáles’ role in the ISO 18013-part 5 working group
Scytáles is a strong driving force in the ISO working group for the mDL, and we are fully compliant with this standard as of today.
We are representing Sweden (SIS) as an expert through the Standardization Body and Task Force 14 on mDL within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10.
What is the ISO/IEC 18013-5?
The ISO/IEC 18013-5 standard defines an mDL as a driving licence that resides on a mobile device or requires a mobile device as part of the process to gain access to the driver's licence. This Global standard is being developed by the members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10), ultimately serving billions of mDL holders and the mDL relying party community.
Much more than a copy of a physical document
An mDL/mID provisions in the mobile phone the same data as the physical DL/ID, signed by the respective issuer authority, but it is not just a photo or a digital representation of a driving licence.
An mDL/mID can not be fully trusted only by showing it to a validator on the Holder's phone since, for instance, it is so easy to take a screenshot of the displayed ID and alter it.
This is why it is so important to adopt an ISO 18013-5 compliant solution: it ensures the interchange of trustworthy identity data between an mDL and a Reader device. The data can be transmitted between the two devices and then cryptographically verified to be authentic and untampered.
Selective data sharing
Besides offering the convenient availability of your identity without requiring access to a physical credential, an ISO-compliant mobile Identity / Driving Licence allows you to share only the necessary attributes for the transaction rather than all ID/DL attributes.
For example, a bar employee verifying your age does not need to know your name or address. With the Scytáles mID/mDL you can share only your age and photo.
Scytáles ISO-compliant solutions supplement controlled access to your identity information and protection against unauthorized use, supported by the smart device platform's capabilities, like using a PIN code and/or biometrics.
An mDL/mID Holder does not have to hand over their device at any point of the verification process and has complete control over the data shared with a Validator.
ISO 18013-5 defines principles for data privacy and security by design. By enabling tap, nearby and distance data communications, the Holder handles their mobile device and controls which data is shared. The closest your phone gets to a Validator device is when it is tapped for an NFC connection, similar to payment implementations today.
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