ETDA to adopt mobile ID system for m-commerce

Eden Estopace
eGov Innovation

Thailand's Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) will implement a mobile identification solution that will allow mobile users to perform online transactions on the go.

Citizens will be able to access internet banking, confirm payments and digitally sign documents for sensitive activities such as online loan applications or account updates by simply entering a PIN.

Once the nationwide rollout is completed, the project is expected to enabling a rich array of secured services for 86 million subscribers and drive the country's Digital Economy plan.

Digital security provider Gemalto will provide its Linqus Mobile ID solution to ETDA, which is part of Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

Thailand is a fast growing mobile market in Southeast Asia, with over 40 million mobile Internet users and nearly 60% of online transactions being conducted via mobiles. But, it is also one of the world's top target for online banking attacks and Point-of-Sale malware infections.

“ETDA has been focusing on the area of electronic authentication with Gemalto. Their multi-purpose solution will provide PKI-based strong authentication and legally-binding signatures directly from users' phones, offering a strong security framework and convenience for all,” ETDA CEO Surangkana Wayuparb said.

“With great support for all networks and phone types, citizens with a mobile can now access online services from anywhere. This makes mass adoption easier, and helps us accelerate digital economic growth.”

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