Year 2014 at SK ID Solutions
In 2014, we launched two new services: OTA platform within the Mobile-ID service and a time-stamping service. OTA (Over The Air) is a messaging system platform that sends secure Mobile-ID messages to the SIM card in a mobile phone. In 2014, we began to transfer the service of Estonian mobile operators to a joint platform in order to create a more stable and efficient solution for everyone. The new time-stamping service created the possibility to support more digital signature formats than the current ones, including giving internationally accepted signatures.
Our business volumes in Estonia increased strongly – the number of enquiries for the validity confirmation service mediated by us rose by a third on yearly basis. It was the first time that the number of people who used our certificates for either signing or authentication in web services during a year exceeded half a million (516,571).
In 2014, more personal identity documents and residence permits were issued than in 2013, totalling almost 330,000, making it a record year. In December, we started issuing certificates for a new document – the e-resident’s card. E-residency can be applied for by foreigners who wish to use Estonian state and private sector e-services and to handle their affairs digitally.
In May, we offered customer support in the framework of the European Parliament elections.
We continued with the NutiKaitse 2017 project, one objective of which is to increase the number of Mobile-ID users. In 2014, we added approximately 15,000 new users.
In November, we held SK Annual Conference 2014, celebrating the 5th anniversary of our series of conferences. Keywords included: Mobile-ID, NFC solutions, regulation for digital signature in eIDAS, e-residency, etc. The keynote speaker was security guru Mikko Hyppönen who spoke about dangers in the cyber world.
With the help of funding from the Estonian-Norwegian joint programme Norway Grants, SK started to develop an integrated and innovative Mobile-ID export solution.
In cooperation with the Information System Authority (RIA), we created technical readiness to deploy new signing formats and made an integration for Latvian and Lithuanian ID-cards, which enabled us to offer the first cross-border signatures by the end of the year.