Latvia telecoms offers a really useful Mobile ID service.

Tuesday 28th July 2009
Lattelcom mobile service and Valimo ID solutions

How many passwords and security codes do you have? And how many have you forgotten? Lattelcom, Latvia's main provider of electronic communications services, teamed up with Valimo, providing Mobile ID solutions, have a neat solution with the launch of a Mobile ID service in Latvia, jointly using Valimo Mobile ID technology. The service offers Lattelcom's customers a convenient and secure way for online authentication and transaction confirmation, providing strong security with end-user convenience.

Lattelecom launched the service with nine service providers, including Latvijas Krājbanka bank, Riga city council, Lattelecom’s and Latvijas Mobilais Telefons’ (LMT) online customer service, along with local enterprises and universities. Mobile ID technology can be integrated into all services that require strong authentication or a legally binding signature. Lattelecom handles user and transaction validation, making it easier for other service providers to join in.

Mobile ID users are able to securely sign in to online services and sign documents and transactions, simply by using their mobile phone. As mobile phones are typically always at hand, a legally binding digital signature can be undertaken regardless of time or place.

“Lattelecom gains a new competitive edge with Mobile ID as they can help their corporate clients cut costs of their existing businesses and launch new business concepts that require authentication,” said (left) Juha Murtopuro, CEO,  “Currently, Valimo Mobile ID is used in a variety of services throughout the world, including mobile banking and payments, governmental services, e-commerce and m-commerce applications, along with enterprise access management.”

“On average, an active Latvian internet user has 11 electronic password-protected accounts. Majority of (84%) internet users have had difficulties accessing their important information, due to forgotten passwords,” explained Rinalds Sproģis, (right)  chairman of the Board, Lattelecom Technology. “Mobile ID is a simple, easy to use solution to prove your identity and get an easy access to your accounts. The user doesn´t have to remember separate passwords, just one PIN code is enough.”

“Latvijas Mobilais Telefons’ subscribers are the first in Latvia to use Mobile ID,” said Andris Forstmanis, VP of Latvijas Mobilais Telefons. “More and more LMT customers browse the internet on their mobile phones and we expect to see rapid growth in mobile signing in the coming years, as the method is secure, legally binding and easy to use. Convenience of Mobile ID makes it appealing for both service providers and end-users.”

At launch, Mobile ID can be used to access internal portals of (left) University of Latvia and Riga Technical University, LMT’s and Lattelecom’s online customer service centres, authorised pages of Latvijas Krājbanka, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD), Gulbja laboratorija and Riga City Council. Lattelecom offers the Mobile ID service to third-party service providers in a variety of industries, including other Latvian mobile operators, and the number of services utilizing Mobile ID is expected to expand.

The Valimo Mobile ID can be used for all services that require personal authentication, identification or a legally binding signature, and is based on Wireless Public Key Infrastructure (WPKI).

The Valimo mobile signature can be used with all mobile phones and devices with a SIM card or other secure storage inside. The resulting digital authentication replaces various tokens, password and code lists. When using an online service requiring authentication or digital signing, the request is sent to the user’s mobile phone using secured SMS technology. The message pops up on the phone screen, asking the user to confirm his or her identity or approval by entering his or her personal PIN code. If the device is lost or stolen, the services cannot be accessed without re-entering the PIN.

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