The Stork project to create a Europe-wide electronic identity network gathered pace today with the launch of five pilot deployments to test its readiness for full-scale implementation.
Stork was officially unveiled at the ISSE 2008 security event in Madrid last year.
Around 30 million national electronic ID cards are used by citizens throughout the European Union to access a variety of online public services, but one country's card cannot be used to benefit from the same services in another country.
The Stork project aims to address this with a three-year remit to enable cross-border recognition of national electronic ID systems.
"The success of the pilots in a real-life environment is heavily dependent on the deliverables from all the work packages," said Stork co-chairman Miguel Álvarez Rodríguez.
"Among other factors, they will address existing national frameworks and electronic ID inventories, future technological developments, the required cross-border process flows, the design and development of a set of common specifications, interoperable architectures, and protocols for cross-border electronic authentication."
Seven work packages have also been introduced to support research critical to pilot deployment and implementation, said Stork.
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