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Kantara Awarded $2.4 Million To Develop Digital Identity And Privacy Solutions Using Smartphones

Multiple Projects Underway with Lockstep Technologies, Gluu Inc., and Exponent Inc., USA

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – May 11, 2017 — Kantara Initiative was awarded multiple research grants valued at up to $2.4 million USD. The funding is being used to develop three innovative digital identity and privacy solutions using smartphones including mobile device attribute verification, mobile authentication and physical access control.

Lockstep Technologies, Gluu Inc., and Exponent Inc., are collaborating on the projects with Kantara and the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a research center at the Rutgers University funded by the US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Each of the projects are multi-phase and are the first projects launched by the Kantara Identity and Privacy Incubator Program (KIPI).

“Each of these projects being delivered under KIPI are pioneering new areas in digital identity, privacy and access control,” said Colin Wallis, executive director, Kantara Initiative. “The basis for each project is a unique re-configuration of emerging next generation standards and specifications delivered through mobile devices, like smart phones. The trend of leveraging the ubiquitous mobile device for digital identity solutions continues to ramp worldwide. We are seeing a growing interest in incubator programs like KIPI.”

About The Kantara Identity and Privacy Incubator Projects:

Emergency Responder Authentication System for Mobile UserS (ERASMUS) by Gluu Inc, USA
Developing the capability for multiple autonomous organizations to share up-to-date information about a person’s identity, skills and authorizations is especially relevant in the emergency responder community, where state, local and federal government organizations need to collaborate both in person and online. The ERASMUS pilot will demonstrate how the services of a next generation identity federation can provide the tools and rules for distributed identity management. The pilot will also provide the first implementation of a Kantara standard currently under development: the Open Trust Taxonomy for Federation Operators (OTTO). Many applications critical to emergency responders could benefit from a more modern federated identity infrastructure, such as emergency response management collaboration tools, next generation mobile services, and computer aided dispatch. The pilot will showcase a mobile application that will demonstrate how such an infrastructure could be used for in person identity and skills verification.

Mobile Device Attribute Verification (MDAV) by Lockstep Technologies, Australia
MDAV delivers secure digitally-signed attributes on smart phones, assuring the validity and provenance of attributes, attribute sources and devices through the recasting of digital certificate policy. Potential applications include credentials for first responders, value added mobile driver’s licenses, anonymous proof of age, clinical trial and e-health record confidentiality, electronic travel documentation, and privacy-enhanced national IDs.

Derived Credentials and NFC for Physical Access Control by Exponent Inc., USA
Exponent has leveraged emerging next generation standards and specifications to enable a derived credential on an NFC-enabled phone to be used for physical access control. The employee uses the phone in the same way as their physical Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card to access a building, but the phone implementation provides improved convenience as well as options for difficult use cases such as a lost/stolen card or temporary credentials for non-PIV Card holders. The project leverages the Opacity protocol to quickly establish encrypted communications and authenticate a holder of a derived credential in a few seconds for full cryptographic authentication, or under a half a second for lower-security applications such as transit. Exponent also extended the authentication process for full-secrecy, privacy enhanced phone-to-phone identity authentication over NFC. The source code resulting from the project is available as royalty-free open source at

About Kantara Initiative:
Kantara Initiative provides real-world innovation and development of specifications and conformity assessment programs for the digital identity and personal data ecosystems. Beyond its flagship eID-assisting Identity Assurance Trust Framework, developing initiatives including Identity Relationship Management, User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and the Consent Receipt, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community, including CA Technologies,, Experian, ForgeRock, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute, and SecureKey Technologies. More information is available at

About Gluu:
Gluu publishes identity and access management software that universities, government agencies and companies can use to securely identify people and manage what information they are allowed to access. Using Gluu’s products, an organization can centralize its authentication and authorization service and leverage standards such as OAuth 2.0, SAML, OpenID Connect, and FIDO U2F to offer customers, employees, and partners single sign-on (SSO) and strong authentication.

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