The international H2020 project IMPULSE started on February 1, 2021. 16 partner organizations from 9 different countries in Europe combine their know-how and research interests in a project that connects public services with the digital single market. The first consortium meeting, the kick off meeting, took place online on February 8th.
Public services (as all others) are reaching the Digital Single Market (DSM). Secure and respectful electronic identity (eID) management is an important enabler for trust and confidence in the DSM. Emerging technologies can disrupt eID and have strong potential for empowering existing initiatives. In particular, IMPULSE focuses on 2 of the most promising and disruptive technologies nowadays: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, and their contributions to and impacts on eID.
IMPULSE will carry out a user-centric and multidisciplinary impact analysis on the integration of Blockchain and AI on eID in public services, evaluating benefits but also risks, costs and limitations, considering socio-economic, legal, ethical and operational impacts, together with framework conditions (like GDPR and eIDAS regulations, existing eID systems, and standards).
IMPULSE will use a demand-driven co-creation process as the guide, including pilot-oriented operational experimentation and involving Digital Innovation Hubs. A set of 6 representative and innovative case studies in Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Iceland and Italy, led by public service partner, will provide a variety of cultural, operational, legal, procedural and social contexts for research.
Two major outcomes will be produced:
- Holistic AI and blockchain technology supporting GDPR-compliant eID to complement existing EU identity schemas, ensuring cross-border access and secure and adaptable requirements for actionable integration with other public service providers, and adoption by existing Trust Service Providers (TSP) to ensure marketability.
- Actionable roadmaps (detailing pathways and good practices) for the adoption, escalation and sustainability of such advanced eID technologies by public services in the EU ecosystem, in different countries and at different levels (local, regional, national and cross-border), as well as recommendations for policy makers supporting political accountability and responsibility.
The AEI has a critical role in maximising the impacts of IMPULSE by experimenting with and transferring the practical use of the eID management approach to the living practice of ministries, municipalities, and other public service providers. To this end, the AEI supports the SWOT analysis, the development of blueprints to enhance the engagement of stakeholders as well as the creation of sustainable roadmaps while considering the specificities of the contextual framework.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004459
For initial information see: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101004459
Basic information on IMPULSE
Project number: 101004459
Project period: 01.02.2021 – 31.01.2024
Project leader: GRAD
Partner of IMPULSE:
|Tree Technology Sa||TREE||Spain|
|Lappeenrannan-Lahden Teknillinen Yliopisto Lut||LUT||Finland|
|Agentur Fur Europaische Integration Und Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung Gmbh||AEI||Austria|
|Association Du Pole De Competitivite Transactions Electroniques Securisees||TES||France|
|Gobierno Vasco – Departamento Seguridad||ERTZ||Spain|
|Ayuntamiento De Gijon||GIJON||Spain|
|Unione Italiana Delle Camere Di Commercio Industria Artigianato E Agricoltura||UC||Italy|
|Cyberethics Lab Srls||CEL||Italy|
|Alice Biometrics Sl||ALiCE||Spain|
|Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.||ISI||Germany|
|Fundacion Centro Tecnoloxico De Telecomunicacions De Galicia||GRAD||Spain|
|Deutsches Institut Fuer Normung E.V.||DIN||Germany|