By definition, service providers (i.e. public authorities, banks, insurance companies, etc.) are those that want to read data from the identity card, the electronic residence permit or the eID card for citizens of the EU and the EEA. For this purpose, the eID function must be integrated into the provider's own product or offering, such as a customer portal or app. Examples of which providers are already successfully using the eID function can be found here.
As a service provider, it is also possible to use on-site reading in accordance with the German Identity Card Act (PAuswG). This is a simple, fast and seamless transfer of ID data on site or at the point of sale (POS). The ID chip is read electronically in the presence of the citizen and the required personal data is transferred to the service provider's systems. This makes on-site reading a fast alternative to manual data transmission and also prevents transmission errors. You can find out more about on-site reading here.
When companies need the ID card data of their customers at the point of sale, on-site reading is a quick and easy alternative to the conventional procedure. This is because the ID card is often still copied and the required data transferred to the system manually. This has great potential for transmission errors and slows down the entire process. The faster recognition of data via OCR is also often unreliable, particularly in the case of address labels on the ID card.
With on-site reading, the data stored on the chip of the ID card is read without media discontinuity using a suitable card reader and transferred directly to your systems.
- Neither does the eID function need to be activated, nor do customers need to know their PIN. On-site readout works with any ID card and any electronic residence permit.
- All that is needed to read out the data is the CAN printed on the ID card. Before the data can be read out, the cardholders who are physically present must be identified by the photo on the card and must give their consent for the data to be read out.
What steps are necessary to integrate the eID function into your own product or offering? We explain this step by step.