Awarded in 2014
MorphoTrust USA offers solutions throughout the identity life cycle, including the enrollment of trusted identities, the issuance of electronic and physical credentials and the verification and authentication of those credentials.
The company and its partners, including the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Health and Human Services, received a $1.47 million grant in 2014 to create an electronic ID for accessing online services that would offer the same level of security, privacy protection and identity authentication as in-person transactions.
The project is going well and has been awarded a second year of funding, says Mark DiFraia, MorphoTrust’s senior director of market development. “We’ve been doing a combination of deliverables through the project as funded by NIST, as well as conducting our own internal research and development.”
Prove that an eID could be created that carries the trust of a driver license and could be used to eliminate in-person identity proofing requirements for transactions
Demonstrate that trust could be elevated using facial recognition biometrics as part of a multi-factor authentication process
Find a framework through which state and commercial entities could trust each of these eIDs and transactions
MorphoTrust views the NSTIC project as step one. The ultimate goal is to build a system that can be used and trusted by government agencies and commercial entities, DiFraia says.