Blacksburg, VA-based Digital Bazaar picked up a $199,984 grant for blockchain credential lifecycle management.
The grant was released via the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions to fulfill a common need across DHS missions.
DHS operational components — such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — issue, validate and verify eligibility requirements; licenses and certifications for travel, citizenship, and immigration status; employment eligibility; and supply chain security.
Current issuance processes are often paper-based, do not facilitate data exchange, and use among systems and could be susceptible to loss, destruction, forgery and counterfeiting. S&T is exploring the application of blockchain and DLT to issue credentials digitally to enhance security, ensure interoperability, and prevent forgery and counterfeiting.
Digital Bazaar Phase 1 award project “Interoperable Enterprise Identity and Credential Life-cycle Management” will enhance their existing product offering that supports emerging global World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) security, privacy and interoperability standards such as Decentralized Identifiers and Verifiable Credentials with enterprise workforce and credential lifecycle management features.
Digital Bazaar proposes to build out its digital credentialing and blockchain application solution to build a viable credentialing product for large organizations with the long-term goal to bring its customized solution to market.
“Deploying innovative credential issuance technologies within mature organizations requires integration with existing technology and processes to manage the lifecycle of digital credentials.” said Anil John, SVIP technical director. “Digital Bazaar building out the enterprise credential lifecycle management capabilities of their existing platform while utilizing emerging W3C global standards mitigates enterprise risk in supporting and utilizing these standards within and across organizations.”