PIDaaS is a project co-funded by the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The project team has developed a secure mobile authentication service based on new biometric recognition technologies, such as voice and facial recognition.
For greater reliability, the prototype has combined biometric data, the main factor to guarantee digital identity, with other unambiguous and secure factors related to hardware, software and network. It has also adopted advanced biometric protection mechanisms (Biometric Template Protection Schemes) to ensure the inviolability of authentication.
CSI Piedmont is the coordinator and the only Italian partner, the other partners are: BANTEC (Spain), Bdigital (Spain), RICOH (Spain), University of Kent (United Kingdom), e-Bros (Lithuania), TicSalut (Spain) and Gjøvik University College (Norway).
The PIDaaS experimental service can be very interesting for both public administrations and businesses. For example, administrations can integrate it with SPID, the Public Digital Identity System, in cooperation with one or more Identity Providers. It can also be adapted for the authentication of employees with specific policies.
Companies will be able to adapt the recognition system to their own needs and context of use, different from that of public administrations. For example, biometric sources can be modified or extended, using other features such as fingerprints, the hand palm, iris colour and size.
Once the experimentation objectives have been achieved, a multifactor biometric authentication service (face and voice) has been created through the use of Android and iOS mobile devices, which can be integrated with procedures and web applications that process sensitive or critical data. The European Commission has certified the success of the experimentation by awarding the maximum score, obtained through the application of the experimental service in three different scenarios: e-market, e-health and e-citizen.