Blockchain Startup Evernym Joins MOBI To Promote Self-Sovereign Identity In Automotive

Blockchain, News | October 8, 2018 By:

Blockchain identity startup Evernym has teamed with the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) to promote self-sovereign identity (SSI) in automotive.

Founded in 2013, Evernym develops software solutions that leverage cryptography and blockchain technology to establish trust in the interaction of people, organizations and things. Evernym’s Sovrin platform, which utilizes open source blockchain framework Hyperledger Indy, enables companies, institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to create and deploy new private-by-design solutions which give individuals true control and ownership of their personal data. The company is currently building a set of services using Sovrin identity for interactions with businesses or each other in a safe, secure, and permissioned manner.

Formed in May of this year, MOBI is a nonprofit organization working with forward thinking companies, governments, and NGOs to make mobility services more efficient, affordable, greener, safer, and less congested by promoting standards and accelerating adoption of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. The organization includes automobile giants BMW, Ford, General Motors and Groupe Renault. It also includes companies outside auto manufacturing, such as Bosch, Blockchain at Berkeley, Hyperledger, Fetch.ai, IBM and IOTA.

Evernym joined MOBI as a full member to help solve the digital identity problem of cars. Evernym stated that cars that connect online will soon need to assert their own identities and be able to verify people’s identities in ways unthinkable just a few years ago.

Nick Ris, VP Business Development Americas for Evernym, said that they see big potential for things to strongly prove identity along the manufacturing supply chain and entire life cycle, as well as validate users’ identity while in use.

“For many connected objects, we can improve the experience of ownership and even allow for complex use cases, like car sharing,” Ris said.

Chris Ballinger, CEO and co-founder of MOBI, said that there are already more connected devices, including cars, than human beings and the ratio is getting more skewed.

“As one of the leaders in the self-sovereign Identity space and inventor of the Sovrin network, we welcome Evernym to MOBI and look forward to their participation on the identity topic,” Ballinger said. “We share a common goal to get identity right.”