Daon provides identity assurance software for governments and enterprises, with a focus on mobile biometric authentication. In September 2012, the company was awarded a $1.8 million grant to explore how senior citizens could benefit from secure digital identity. Major goals were to test the willingness of users to accept the credentials and the willingness of relying parties to move to external identity providers.
“The pilot established a federated identity service around Daon’s Identity X strong credentialing platform that could be used by a variety of relying parties,” says Cathy Tilton, former vice president of Standards and Technology at Daon (since this interview, Tilton has moved to a position at CSC).
Team members included AARP and the American Association of Airport Executives. AARP members were able to access their health records using mobile biometric authentication. The pilot concluded in April 2015 and neither relying party has any active users. Both the AARP and AAAE are using the pilot experience to redefine future identity strategies.
Daon built out that federated identity, Trust X, and deployed it within several operational pilots. “We were researching mobile biometrics and privacy enhancing technology. That was very successful,” Tilton says. “We had real people using the system and we also looked into the privacy and security aspect of that.”