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PassiveBolt and LEGIC Identsystems Partner to Reshape the Landscape of Digital Identity and Security

By Alex Passett
October 25, 2023

Let’s talk about decentralized identity, semiconductors, and IIoT.

For context, decentralized identity at the semiconductor level refers to the practice of embedding identity information directly into the hardware of electronic devices, such as semiconductors or chips. By integrating identity features at the semiconductor level, devices can securely store and manage unique identifiers and cryptographic keys. This essentially eliminates the need for centralized authorities or third-party intermediaries. (And as the digital space continues evolving at what feels like lightning pace, security and data protection have become even more important.)

Okay, so data is verified by the network, not by central authority. What other benefits are of value here?

Well, semiconductor-level decentralized identity enables enhanced security measures, such as hardware-based encryption and authentication. This reliably reduces the risks of identity theft, data breaches, and other forms of unauthorized access to private information. We’re also talking about increased trust in digital transactions and boosts to interoperability via the facilitation of seamless interactions between various devices and platforms, promoting a more secure, connected and efficient digital ecosystem.

The long-story-short of it? Out goes reliance on centralized authorized, and in comes stronger trust in digital transactions and the overall resilience of digital systems. (This makes it even more challenging for bad actors to compromise or manipulate identity data, too.)

Enter PassiveBolt and LEGIC Identsystems, each with their expertise in deploying the secure solutions required for IIoT applications.

PassiveBolt and LEGIC have announced their partnership that, per the official release, “stands to reshape the landscape of digital identity.” By working together to embed native support for decentralized identity at the semiconductor level, mainstreaming SSI (Self-Sovereign Identity) and unlocking more cross-industry security opportunities.

And SSI is a subset within decentralized identity; that’s how this all really takes shape.

As PassiveBolt CEO Kabir Maiga explains, this partnership seeks to expand adoptions of SSI into industries that LEGIC supplies, such as secure access controls, mobility, smart cities, and IIoT.

“SSI is undeniably the future of digital identity,” Maiga said. “To realize its full potential, foundational building blocks need to be firmly established. So, our collaboration with LEGIC not only fills this gap but also sets in motion the integration of SSI into the vast expanse of the Industrial Internet of Things and beyond.”

Felix Puetz, Head of Business Unity Mobility and Smart City at LEGIC, also expressed enthusiasm.

“By integrating PassiveBolt's SSI technologies into the LEGIC Security Platform,” Puetz added, “we are fast-tracking the industry into a new era of user-centric digital identity with increased security, privacy, and interoperability. This is especially relevant for smart mobility solutions where shared vehicles, secure eCharging as well as access to critical city infrastructure demands the highest levels of security and user authentication based on automated trusted services.”

Today, industries continually face increased demands for secure and privacy-preserving digital identity solutions. This PassiveBolt-LEGIC partnership represents movement in the right direction; with chip-level support for SSI, the future of decentralized identity could seem a lot more promising as innovations change our world.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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