Korea Internet and Security Agency, or KISA, is the first public institution in South Korea to implement a blockchain-based employee identification system through a smartphone app since October.
Yonhap said the agency will also issue tokens called “KISA Coin” to reward top KISA employees by letting them buy snacks, drinks and even stationery. It is currently in beta testing and is expected to be available to all employees.
The new employee identification system will allow KISA employees to use short-distance communication technology, or NFC, by scanning QR codes to access their workplaces through the blockchain platform that will manipulate the database.
But the new system is not limited to identity verification, as employees must use it to access cafes at the agency or to pick up books from the library.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the desire to integrate contactless solutions into workflows are some of the reasons for implementing this solution.
Local media also reported that KISA plans to implement a blockchain-based employee identification system, first at its headquarters in Naguo by October, and then at its offices in Seoul and Bangui by the end of the year.
Kim Seok Hwan, head of the Korea Internet and Security Agency, commented on the new system:
“I hope the introduction of mobile DID for the first time in government agencies will not only improve employee convenience and security, but also serve as a springboard for opening up authentication services without face-to-face contact with relevant local organizations.”
Regarding recent developments in blockchain adoption across the country, Daegu, the fourth largest city in South Korea, recently announced plans to commit more than $ 6 million to blockchain education and artificial intelligence.
One million South Koreans gave up their physical driver’s licenses in favor of a blockchain-based digital alternative used in connection with the PASS smartphone app.