Blockchain ID Cards For South Korea Government Agency

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South Korea (COurtesy: Twitter)
South Korea (COurtesy: Twitter)

The Korea Internet & Security Agency, or KISA, is the first public entity of South Korea to implement a blockchain-powered employee ID system through a smartphone app starting October.

According to Yonhap, the agency will also issue tokens called “KISA Coin” to reward KISA’s best employees, enabling them to purchase snacks, beverages, and even office supplies. It is currently being pilot tested, with the expectation to make it available for the entire workforce.

The new employee ID system will allow KISA’s workers to use near field communication technology, or NFC, by scanning QR codes to access their respective workplaces via a blockchain platform that will handle the database. 

But the new system is not limited to ID authentication, as the employees are required to use it for accessing the coffee shops in the agency or borrowing books from the library as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the desire for implementing contactless solutions among its work processes are some of the reasons behind the implementation of this solution.

Local media outlets also report that KISA plans to introduce the blockchain-powered employee ID system first in its Naju headquarters by October, and then to its offices in Seoul and Pangyo at the end of the year.