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Mobile online verification for Latvian users

Valimo Wireless : 29 July, 2009  (New Product)
Lattelcom and Valimo join forces to provide strong authentication technology for online verification of mobile users in Latvia
Lattelecom, a provider of electronic communications services in Latvia, and Valimo, experts in Mobile ID solutions, have commercially launched Mobile ID services in Latvia. Jointly deployed based on Valimo Mobile ID technology, the services bring Lattelecom's customers a convenient and secure way for online authentication and transaction confirmation.

Using Valimo's technology, Lattelecom offers the Mobile ID service platform to Latvian service providers and mobile operators. The Mobile ID users are able to securely sign in to online services and sign documents and transactions, simply by using their mobile phone. As mobile phones are typically always at hand, a legally binding digital signature can be done regardless of time or place.

Lattelecom launched the service with nine service providers, including Latvijas Krājbanka bank, Riga city council, Lattelecom's and Latvijas Mobilais Telefons' (LMT) online customer service, along with local enterprises and universities. Mobile ID technology can be integrated in all services that require strong authentication or a legally binding signature. Lattelecom handles user and transaction validation, making it easier for other service providers to join in.

"Lattelecom gains a new competitive edge with Mobile ID as they can help their corporate clients cut costs of their existing businesses and launch new business concepts that require authentication," said Juha Murtopuro, CEO, Valimo. "Currently, Valimo Mobile ID is used in a variety of services throughout the world, including mobile banking and payments, governmental services, e-commerce and m-commerce applications, along with enterprise access management."

"On average, an active Latvian internet user has 11 electronic password-protected accounts. Majority of (84%) internet users have had difficulties accessing their important information, due to forgotten passwords," explained Rinalds Sproģis, the Chairman of the Board, Lattelecom Technology. "Mobile ID is a simple, easy to use solution to prove your identity and get an easy access to your accounts. The user doesn´t have to remember separate passwords, just one PIN code is enough."

"Latvijas Mobilais Telefons' subscribers are the first in Latvia to use Mobile ID," said Andris Forstmanis, Vice-President of Latvijas Mobilais Telefons. "More and more LMT customers browse the internet on their mobile phones and we expect to see rapid growth in mobile signing in the coming years, as the method is secure, legally binding and easy to use. Convenience of Mobile ID makes it appealing for both service providers and end-users."

At launch, Mobile ID can be used to access internal portals of University of Latvia and Riga Technical University, LMT's and Lattelecom's online customer service centres, authorised pages of Latvijas Krājbanka, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD), Gulbja laboratorija and Riga City Council. Lattelecom offers the Mobile ID service to third-party service providers in a variety of industries, including other Latvian mobile operators, and the number of services utilizing Mobile ID is expected to expand.

Valimo Mobile ID can be used all services that require personal authentication, identification or a legally binding signature. It is based on Wireless Public Key Infrastructure (WPKI). Valimo is the global market leader in Mobile ID solutions in terms of both installation base and number of active users. Valimo solutions are used by operators, banks, enterprises, public sector, e-commerce and other service providers throughout the world.

Valimo mobile signature can be used with all mobile phones and devices with a SIM card or other secure storage inside. The resulting safe and reliable digital authentication replaces various tokens, password and code lists. When using an online service requiring authentication or digital signing, the request is sent to the user's mobile phone using secured SMS technology. The message pops up on the phone screen, asking the user to confirm his or her identity or approval by entering his or her personal PIN code. If the device is lost or stolen, the services cannot be accessed without re-entering the PIN.
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