The SeyID platform empowers key initiatives in Seychelles for eGovernment and will be made available for applications in private sector, such as eBanking. 

The Government of Seychelles announced today the launch of the SeyID Platform, developed by WISeKey International Holding, a leading cybersecurity company. The project delivers a new Digital Identity platform, named “SeyID”, that is linked with different national initiatives covering eGovernment, eTourism and eHealth.

In 2014, WISeKey was selected by the Government of Seychelles as a partner to supply technology and expertise on Public Key Infrastructures (PKI), Digital Signatures and its usage in electronic transactions. PKI and all the derived applications for authentication, digital signatures and encryption are indisputably the most secure technologies to ensure the protection of personal identities and documents. The Government of Seychelles has been praised internationally for all its efforts in eGovernment and innovation technologies; in 2012 it was recognized by the United Nations with an Information Communications Technology for eGovernment award, and since then it has been considered a benchmark in the region.

With this new project, the Government of Seychelles seeks to implement new solutions and services for citizens, including new eGovernment services, to facilitate access to Digital Identity through the use of smartphones and mobile apps. The SeyID platform delivered by WISeKey will include additional Digital Identity services for the Seychellois citizens, which will complement the current National Identity Card with a virtual card stored in a mobile app. The Digital Identity project can also enable tourists to create an eTourist ID to access local digital services. Seychelles is visited annually by nearly 400,000 tourists and such services will be of great value. WISeKey is a key player in the PKI arena and offers a unique combination of know-how and geo-political neutrality. Based in Switzerland, WISeKey can ensure the independency of its trust services, allowing its customers to issue digital identities that are recognized worldwide.

The SeyID project is based on WISeKey’s WISeID platform for Digital Identity and online security. WISeID is a trusted identity service that enables access to the web and mobile applications with strong authentication techniques. WISeID supports online KYC onboarding, OTP and an innovative “hands-free” secure login based on QR-Codes which users can read using the “SeyID” mobile application without even having to type any password. Additional security services include digital signature services for documents. WISeID implements standards such as OpenID Connect and OAUTH2, that are easily integrated by customers to enhance the security of their cloud applications. WISeID can also be combined with Microsoft Active Directory, facilitating integration with corporate applications. WISeID is based on the WISeKey/OISTE Root of Trust and integrates innovative blockchain technologies to distribute the identity attributes and build federated ecosystems.

The SeyID project also integrates a cloud signature solution that enables the users to digitally sign documents and other transactions, easily and with full legal validity. This will enable a fast advance in the implementation of eGovernment and other uses for the private sector, by effectively dematerializing the processes, eliminating the need of manuscript signatures on paper.

Benjamin Choppy, the Principal Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology in Seychelles said, “The e-ID platform, SeyID, is a fundamental component in the implementation of Seychelles Government Digital Economy Agenda and its coming into operation marks a key milestone achievement.”

“WISeKey is proud to have been awarded by the Government of Seychelles this project to build the National Digital Identity platform, which confirms the potential of the WISeID solution as a solid base to deliver such services,” said Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO of WISeKey.

The SeyID platform is already delivered and in the last phases of integration with eGovernment and private companies, such as banking services. It will be opened for non-residents in 2023, aiming to propose new services for tourism and international business.

Source: Wisekey International Holding SA