SSI for Germany Consortium starts decentralized identity network

Press release from “SSI for Germany” consortium, 27.08.2020

Frankfurt am Main, 27 August 2020: The “SSI for Germany” consortium, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), has successfully established a decentralised identity network and will implement various use cases on it within the next months.

The “SSI for Germany” consortium has started the operation of a decentralised network for digital identities on Friday, 21.08.2020. The network will initially be operated as a test network of nine different nodes and will be expanded to 15 nodes within the next month. In the future, the decentralised identity network will be managed by a European cooperative, which will be open to partners throughout Europe.

The “SSI for Germany” consortium is an association of public and private institutions that have set themselves the goal of building an open ecosystem for identity management in Europe. The consortium’s solution is based on open standards and open source technology and is particularly characterised by data economy and transparency. The solution allows users* to manage their identity information themselves and decide when and with whom they want to share it. The consortium also evaluates industrial scenarios that take into account the identities of machines, vehicles and IoT devices.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) as part of the competition phase of the innovation competition “Shop Window Secure Digital Identities”. The consortium is currently led by the Main Incubator GmbH.

“With the establishment of the decentralised identity network, we are creating the basis for the exchange of identity information, which enables verifiability, privacy, data sovereignty and sovereignty for all participants,” says the consortium’s programme manager, Helge Michael.

In addition to Main Incubator GmbH, the following partners are also involved in the project:

Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, esatus AG, Technical University of Berlin, Creditreform Boniversum GmbH, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bahn AG, ING Deutschland, Verband der Vereine Creditreform e.V., the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bank-Verlag GmbH, regio iT GmbH, Siemens AG, City of Cologne, Telekom Innovation Laboratories (Deutsche Telekom AG), GS1 Germany GmbH and Festo SE & Co. KG.