Plastic Photo ID Cards May Become A Thing Of The Past Thanks To An Ottawa Startup

ID cards jamming up your wallet? An Ottawa company has an app of that! Ottawa software company Bluink is testing an app it says could one day make all those plastic photo ID cards obsolete. The company, which started up in 2014, specializes in password authentication technology. Now, Bluink has won a contract with the Ontario government to develop a platform to store electronic versions of driver’s licences, health cards and other government-issued ID on a user’s smartphone.

CEO Steve Borza said the $1.2-million pilot project could eventually render physical versions of such documents obsolete. The app, called eID-me, will allow users to protect their privacy by revealing only as much information as necessary to prove their identities. For example, the app can be set to show a user’s age and photo, but not his/her birth date or address.

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