Location and identity are a powerful team

Location and identity are a powerful team

Summary: I'm at Digital ID World this week, along with Dan Farber, so you'll probably get a spate of identity related posts in the next few days. In Phil Becker's annual "State of Digital Identity" this morning, he mentioned that where "location" was a crutch that computer security leaned in in the past, in the future it will be a critical part of the identity data returned about a user.

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I'm at Digital ID World this week, along with Dan Farber, so you'll probably get a spate of identity related posts in the next few days. In Phil Becker's annual "State of Digital Identity" this morning, he mentioned that where "location" was a crutch that computer security leaned in in the past, in the future it will be a critical part of the identity data returned about a user. Location will be used to provide context for transactions and drive policy-based decisions.

Doc Searls and I were chatting last night about the emerging interest in location and mobile applications in the identity space. More and more people are using mobile devices with significant capabilities (even if they're far from perfect). These capabilities include GPS in many cases, giving real location data.

Britt Blaser introduced me to RAVE Wireless. RAVE Wireless provides mobile for colleges and universities. Bringing the mobile systems inside the tent at a university enables lots of interesting applications. While RAVE looks like a mobile company, I see them as an identity company.

Another interesting mobile identity application I ran across yesterday is Equals. You won't get much out of their Web site, but I saw a demo. Equals provides you with control over the messaging options people have to reach you based on profile choices you make. For example, you can set it so that when you're traveling, email is your preferred channel, SMS and voicemail are accepted, but voice is disallowed. Presence is a real foundational element for a lot of interesting applications. It's been long promised--maybe we'll finally get somewhere.

These are just a few examples of identity-enabled mobile applications where location plays a major role. I'm sure there are more. Feel free to share them in the comments.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Track my teenage daughter

    As a father the first thing I think about is being able to disable my teenage daughter's cell phone if the built-in GPS determines that she is traveling faster than 30 mph. That way I know she can't talk on the phone and drive at the same time. Might not be something to change the world but it would make a dad sleep better at night.
    richardbliss
  • Identity and trust

    All these identity discussions are good. But they are incomplete as long as nobody realizes that, on the net, we have to have a mechnism of trust. Location based policicies are only useful when we can trust the platform transmitting the location. Otherwise its all useless. Why does the intellectual blogging community not get that?

    You all are supposedly thought leaders...but as long as you do not understand the requirements for trustworthyness of every device on the net you are missing the issue. Totally.
    hawk520