South Korean government agency to implement blockchain-based employee ID system. The Korea Internet & Security Agency, or KISA, is South Korea’s first public institution to introduce a blockchain-powered employee ID system through a smartphone app beginning 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 permits 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.
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.
According to local media outlets, KISA plans to launch 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.
Kim Seok-hwan, president of the Korea Internet & Security Agency, commented on the new system “I hope that the introduction of DID mobile employee ID for the first time in public institutions will not only improve employee convenience and security, but also serve as a welcome point for discovering non-face-to-face identity authentication services in connection with local related organizations.”
One million South Koreans have foregone their physical driver’s license in favor of a blockchain-powered digital alternative used in conjunction with the PASS smartphone app.
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