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Connected Government: An Exploration of the UAE’s Identity Management Integration Strategy: Global Trends of Identity Management and Enterprise Integration

Connected Government: An Exploration of the UAE’s Identity Management Integration Strategy: Global Trends of Identity Management and Enterprise IntegrationGovernments around the world have been very much attracted to national identity programs (Al-Khouri, 2012a; Al-Khouri, 2012c). These programs are globally justified on the basis of building identity management systems to achieve two primary objectives: to support national security and improve access to services. Many countries have initiated smart identity card programs in the last decade, with the total value of those projects exceeding $24 billion. Further, more than 15 countries are in the process of upgrading their current identity cards to biometric-based systems.
Around the world, governments are struggling to maintain an up-to-date national population register to provide the different government entities with accurate information on citizens and residents. Typically, a citizen or resident will require multiple identification and supporting documents to access government-provided services. According to a recent United Nations report, even in highly ranked countries, the population and the governments are still in the process of understanding the role of national identity cards and how they can leverage such a valued asset in simplifying the lives of both the public and government entities in uniquely identifying a person and maintaining an up-to-date snapshot of information (UNPAP, 2012).
For example, in Sweden, government entities rely on bank-issued identification cards to register and apply for government services. In the U.S.A. and the U.K., different forms of ID are accepted, with the U.S.A. being more complicated given the different IDs issued at the federal and state levels with minimal integration or interoperability between the government departments. Korea and Singapore are the leading countries that have achieved a good level of success in providing a single ID that is issued to every citizen and resident, providing them with access to government services. Let us explore some common integration approaches in the next sub-section.

This post was written by , posted on November 21, 2013 Thursday at 9:21 pm