South Korean University Issues Blockchain-powered ID Cards for Safety Purpose

South Korean University Issues Blockchain-powered ID Cards for Safety Purpose

Key Insights

  • Jeonnam State University in South Korea to introduce Blockchain-powered ID Cards.
  • The blockchain-powered ID cards will help safeguard students' information.
  • The issuance is a partnership with Comin Information Systems.
Jeonnam State University
Jeonnam State University

in South Korea has become the latest institution to introduce blockchain-powered student ID cards. It revealed that the identity cards would use decentralized identity technology (DID). 

It is worthy of note that the Korean police recently deployed the DID technology to issue driving licenses. Similarly, the university announced that the blockchain-powered ID card is a partnership with Comin Information Systems. 

Comin is a blockchain industry player that has embarked on similar projects with several firms. Reports showed that the blockchain startup works with the National IT Industry Promotion Agency. Their partnership is to increase DID adoption projects throughout the nation. 

At this juncture, it is expedient to identify the details of the newly launched blockchain-powered ID Cards.

South Korean University Issues Blockchain-powered ID Cards

The university considers this a great feat— they described it as the first of its kind in South Korea's Honam region. The University said it is the first institution to adopt DID solutions in favor of plastic ID cards.

It emphasized the need to move with technological advancement while safeguarding the students' personal information. They said the mobile IDs would help safeguard its students' personal information. Similarly, the cards would help the school "provide convenient academic administration services."

Furthermore, Jeonnam State University revealed that they are deploying blockchain technology via ID cards to prevent crimes. They said the technology would help in the "prevention of forgery and falsification of personal information." It could also help to prevent data leaks and boost efficiency. 

Significantly, South Korean university blockchain-powered ID cards have QR codes. These QR codes will enable students to sign in to locations within Jeonnam State University. The University expects this feature to enable students to prove their identity at examination halls, entrances,  libraries, and other places. 

Blockchain IDs Goes Mainstream in South Korea 

Decentralized IDs were first introduced in South Korea in 2020. Since then, technological innovation has continued to penetrate various sectors of the country. 

Significantly, the military uses blockchain-powered solutions for soldiers to process biometric information. The introduction of decentralized ID cards has made paper or plastic certificates unnecessary.

Similarly, banks and other financial institutions have been driving the adoption of blockchain-powered ID cards. For instance, one of the largest banks in South Korea, Woori Bank, said it would begin the promotion, issuance, and use of mobile driver's licenses to its customers.

Blockchain ID card
Blockchain ID card

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