As of Tuesday, more than 50,000 people in Estonia and a total of over 200,000 people in the Baltics have begun using Smart-ID, a new electronic identity solution provided by the company SK ID Solutions.
Users in Latvia number 100,000 and in Lithuania 60,000, with an average of 45,000 people using Smart-ID daily, SK ID Solutions said in a press release.
"200,000 users of Smart-ID and a stable increase in the number of transactions clearly demonstrates that people in the Baltic countries were missing a convenient and safe authentication instrument," said Liisa Lukin, business develoment manager for additional services at SK ID Solutions. "The number of users of Smart-ID is growing fastest now in Latvia, which effectively was lacking a convenient electronic authentication instrument."
In addition to SEB Pank, Swedbank, the Digidoc portal and other e-services, Smart-ID can be used in Estonia to access the online service of Eesti Gaas and the online and mobile bank of LHV. Telia will make authentication by means of Smart-ID available on its online service channels starting Monday.
To use Smart-ID, a user must download the Smart-ID app from the Google Play Store or the App Store on to their smart device and identify themselves by using the Mobile-ID or ID card. As with the ID card and Mobile-ID, Smart-ID also requires the use of PIN1 and PIN2 codes which the user will create within the app. Using Smart-ID is free of charge.
Established in 2001, SK ID Solutions specializes in international e-identity solutions. The company is Estonia's partner in issuing certificates for identity documents.
SK ID Solutions caters to more than 600 organizations, which include financial, healthcare, and various other private and public sector e-services. Its services in Estonia have more than 600,000 end-users. The founders and owners of SK ID Solutions are Swedbank, SEB Bank and Telia Eesti.
Editor: Aili Vahtla