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Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility?

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Gemalto and Entrust Datacard announced the expansion of their longstanding partnership to include a secure framework for Internet-connected devices. This expanded collaboration and integration will allow customers to leverage Entrust Datacard IoTrust™ Security Solutions with Gemalto's SafeNet Data Protection On Demand to establish and secure trusted identities across their Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures and further enable their digital business initiatives.

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Gemalto has enabled Belgian mobile ID scheme itsme® to enroll 350,000 users and securely process one million transactions per month for both private and public online services – making it one of the most successful mobile ID applications in Europe within one year of launch. As well as bringing greater convenience to consumers, itsme® provides merchants, government, and financial institutions with strong, multi-factor authentication that is fully compliant with PSD2, GDPR and is certified for eIDAS.

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exceet Card AG is further strengthening its portfolio with SECORA™ Pay security solutions from Infineon Technologies AG. Card manufacturers can easily integrate them thanks to the combination of dual interface chip technology with the award-winning Coil-on-Module (CoM) packages. These also make the card more robust and reliable.

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Gemalto announced that it has been selected by Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), a financial solutions provider in Japan, to make mobile banking transactions easier to use. Leveraging Gemalto's facial biometric authentication solution - Mobile Protector- DNP has started to offer facial recognition to secure access to its mobile banking apps. This enables banking customers to easily and quickly log on to mobile banking services upon successful facial authentication, providing a more convenient user experience.

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Gemalto is supplying Telefónica Deutschland with an identity verification service. It will complement the existing verification solutions and enable prepaid customers to easily confirm their identity through all sales channels, including in-store, online and via their mobile. Gemalto's service confirms the authenticity of a vast range of identity documents in real-time, these include passports, ID cards and residence permits among others. It ensures that Telefónica Deutschland continues to meet national fraud regulations while deploying an innovative process for customer enrolment.

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Gemalto has joined forces with Entrust Datacard to provide a unique, SaaS-based instant issuance solution for U.S. financial institutions. In 2006, instant issuance began to penetrate the payment card industry, and banks were presented with the opportunity to set themselves ahead of their competition by providing consumers with a higher level of service and differentiated products. With additional benefits to the solution, it has now become critical for financial institutions to integrate instant issuance into their portfolio. Aite Group's Tiffani Montez agrees: "The ability to instantly issue a card in a branch was a luxury in the past, but as more and more issuers implement this capability, it is slowly moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have." Aite's research also shows that from 2017 to 2021, the number of North American financial institutions who have implemented instant issuance will jump from 3,312 to 5,483, representing 55% market adoption.

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