SOURCE: Invest in Sweden Agency

May 11, 2005 15:37 ET

Sweden Develops World's First Mobile e-ID Standard for Secure Identification

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2005 -- Sweden recently introduced an open standard for secure electronic identification via mobile phones. Developed and agreed upon by a group of banks and mobile phone operators in Sweden, the new Mobile e-ID will allow cell phones to be used for identification and for authorization of signatures in order to gain access to services. The system enables users to do their banking business, file their tax forms, or even vote by simply using a mobile phone. Based on existing technology and international standards, Mobile e-ID utilizes the SIM card in a mobile phone to provide secure electronic identification. The first testing for Mobile e-ID is planned for the second half of 2005.

"Sweden leads the world in mobile phone technology, innovation, and advanced usage among its population," stated Göran Eriksson, director -- Invest in Sweden Agency, Los Angeles Branch Office. "Now that banking and other secure transactions can take place over the mobile phone, this creates a new business model and opportunity for application developers and content providers worldwide. To capitalize on this new emerging trend, companies should look to leverage Sweden's wireless infrastructure, numerous test bed projects, and early adopter society to develop and refine their new technologies and products."

Mobile e-ID Developed by Owners of BankID

Behind the upcoming Mobile e-ID service is BankID, an alliance of Swedish banks, telecom operators and the telecom equipment supplier Ericsson. The venture offers secure electronic identification and signature on the Internet, which is now legally binding in the European Union. The owners of BankID, Danske Bank I Sverige, FöreningsSparbanken, Handelsbanken, Ikanobanken, Länsförsäkringar Bank, Skandiabanken, Sparbanken Finn and Sparbanken Gripen, along with TeliaSonera Sweden, Ericsson and others have agreed on a common standard for secure use of electronic identification in mobile phone.

The participating banks and companies are also now establishing a nonprofit association that will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the standard. Another goal is to work for widespread use of the solution by other companies and markets and to get it accepted as a global standard. The specifications for the solutions are published on

Sweden's Mobile Technology Innovation and Infrastructure

--  Sweden's Eight National Wireless/Mobile Test Bed Projects. Independent
    Swedish corporations have developed test bed projects that are open to U.S.
    and international companies. Companies can utilize Sweden's advanced
    wireless infrastructure to develop, test, and refine their new products,
    technologies, and business models on a small scale before fully launching
    to the U.S., European and worldwide markets. Over ten thousand test bed
    beta users give market and product feedback for 3G products and services,
    streaming media, multi-media, video, mobile entertainment, and enterprise
--  Sweden has Best 3G Coverage in Europe. A recent survey from the
    Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency, approximately 85 percent of
    Sweden's 9 million citizens are currently able to use 3G services, a figure
    that is expected to reach 100 percent during the next two years. Sweden
    also has a total of 9.3 million cell phone user accounts, which is more
    than its entire population.
--  IDC Ranked Sweden the #1 or #2 Information Society Worldwide for Six
    Consecutive Years. After four consecutive years as the world's top IT
    nation, Sweden was edged out of first place by less than one percent this
    year by its fellow Scandinavian neighbor Denmark, according to the 2004 IDC
    Information Society Index (ISI). IDC measured the top 53 countries
    worldwide and ranked them according to each nation's ability to access and
    utilize information and information technology in the areas of: Computers,
    Internet, Telecoms, and Social.
--  Sweden's "Wireless Valley" is home to the world's wireless technology
    leaders. The primary companies involved in the development and research of
    wireless technologies all have offices and research centers located in
    Sweden, including: Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft,
    Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sun Microsystems and TeliaSonera.
About Invest in Sweden Agency

Invest in Sweden Agency, headquartered in Stockholm, was established by the Swedish government to help attract and facilitate foreign direct investment in Sweden -- Europe's leading IT cluster and a world leader in wireless and mobile Internet. Sweden provides a strong industrial base, sophisticated multinational customers, active utilization of information technology in both the public and private sectors, an advanced infrastructure, and a highly skilled workforce.

ISA assists companies interested in locating manufacturing sites, research and development facilities, sales offices, and customer interaction centers in Sweden by providing free site selection information and other business related services. ISA has its U.S. headquarters in New York with offices in Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Worldwide offices include: London, Shanghai, Tokyo and most European and Asian cities. For more information, visit the agency's Web site at or call the LA office at (310) 204-6790 or the NY office at (212) 702-8780. Questions can be sent via email to

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