On the second day of the GSMA Mobile World Congress Mobile Connect, the first universal mobile identity authentication service, was presented at the Mobile World Capital stand.
On Tuesday, 23 February the Regional Government of Catalonia, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, AOC and GSMA, together with the mobile phone operators Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone, presented at stand CS70 the results of the cross-border pilot programme to implement Mobile Connect between the governments of Catalonia and Finland. Mobile Connect is a standard, secure and interoperable citizen authentication service providing access to all kinds of digital services. Through this service citizens will no longer need to use a whole series of different usernames and passwords to access various government services, an advantage that will favour the more regular use of digital public services.
This pilot initiative has made possible something unprecedented: two European governments validating the identities of citizens outside their home countries and providing them with access to digital services. Mobile Connect complies with Europe’s eIDAS regulations on electronic identification and trustworthiness for the completion of electronic transactions in Europe, for both public and private services.
The service works with any type of device and is based on an encrypted system linked to the SIM card in each phone, which represents its most secure layer. Depending on the level of security required for the service (banking, government, commerce, etc.), Mobile Connect can ask the user to validate his identity by introducing a numeric code, a fingerprint, or by directly accepting a message on his device. In this way Mobile Connect provides both the service and the user with a greater level of security. In the words of Manuel Sanromà, a member of the AOC Consortium, “We must be able to create a more economically efficient, safer and simpler digital identity.” The session ended with various demonstrations of secure mobile identification for different electronic transactions.
But that was not the only presentation that took place at the Mobile World Capital stand’s space for talks on the second day of the congress. Mobile Thinking Days, the joint programme sponsored by Mobile World Capital, the IESE Business School and Roca Salvatella, held the last day of its series of talks on digital health: “From traditional to connected health: new business strategies.” This session discussed technological immersion in health and the exploration of new cross-cutting business channels. One of the conclusions reached was that making time for digital transformation in Health has to be a priority.
The Mobile World Capital stand also featured an exhibition by Seat on connected cars, describing development projects currently underway and the company’s outlook on the future. Alberto Hernández, Director of Operations at the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) shared with the audience the most prominent incidents of cyberattacks in the past two years and the security measures that the government is taking to deal with threats like these.
Other institutional presentations at the Mobile World Capital stand on the second day of the Congress included Alertcops, a public safety alert service promoted by the Ministry of Home Affairs; and Cloudopting, a platform presented by the City Hall of Barcelona enabling government offices to easily migrate their IT applications to the Cloud.
Finally, the tours organised by MWCapital continued, with visits to, among other associations, Barcelona Global and the , in addition to Barcelona Activa. In most cases the tour experience concludes with a visit to 4YFN, the meeting point for entrepreneurs and disruptive businesses.
During the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Centre is functioning as a showcase for mobile technology innovations. Brands like Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Alcatel, BQ, ZTE and Acer are sharing the same developments in tablets, smartphones and wearables that they show at the GSMA Mobile World Congress. This initiative makes it possible to expose citizens to the latest technologies in the industry, and may be visited from 22 February to 5 March.