Startup battlefield contestant ShoCard has launched a digital identity card that stores the identity of its users in the bitcoin blockchain to make the authentication process simple and secure. ShoCard is a virtual identity card that can be created and manipulated only by the user.
Creation of ShoCard begins with the scanning and signing of a user’s identity document followed by sealing of the record. ShoCard’s mobile app will generate a private and public key to seal the record. It will be encrypted, hashed and sent to the network of communicating nodes in the bitcoin software for later use. After the initial creation process, users can access the ShoCard app to retrieve the information.
“Sealing” and “Certifying” are two important concepts for ShoCard. Sealing is a process of hashing and encrypting the ShoCard data and storing it in the blockchain. Once it is sealed in the blockchain, the data becomes a permanent record. If required, the user can change the ShoCard, re-seal it and create a new blockchain record. The information stored in the blockchain will be an indecipherable hash that can only be unlocked with the user’s private key.
“Certifying” is an acknowledgement process wherein a certifier acknowledges the accuracy of the user’s ShoCard. This helps in the one-stop authentication process in a transaction, avoiding the need to show any other document for evidence.
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