Secure Logic, makers of the blockchain platform underpinning the NSW Government\u2019s digital driver\u2019s licence pilot, has revealed its ambitions for the technology across a bevy of state government services.\nThe Sydney-based tech firm today launched TrustGrid, which it describes as a \u201csecure, decentralised and immutable ledger of transactions.\u201d The platform allows agencies and organisations such as hospitals and financial institutions to \u201ccreate private consortiums of trust entities on the fly\u201d.\nThe technology powered the NSW Government\u2019s digital driver\u2019s licence pilot earlier this year, during which 1,400 Dubbo residents used their digital ID in roadside police checks, pubs and liquor stores.\nA second pilot will take place in Sydney\u2019s Eastern Suburbs \u2013 covering Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Randwick and Waverley \u2013 in November.\nStatewide release is planned for 2019 following the passing in May of theRoad Transport and Other Legislation Amendment (Digital Driver Licences and Photo Cards) Act 2018, allowing a full-scale rollout of the new system.\n \nSecure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said driver\u2019s licences are just the \u201ctip of the iceberg\u201d when it comes to the blockchain-backed transformation of government services. The company is eyeing applications across Higher School Certificate (HSC), TAFE and other academic results, motor registration, birth and death certificates, medical records, and property titles.\n \n\u201cThe era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end. As is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licenced venues. These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive and impractical ways to offer services,\u201d Devaraj said.\nThe advantages of digital licenses \u2013 which will be opt-in when available, the NSW government has said \u2013 include citizens having fewer cards to carry, the ability to easily update details and renew cards, and security benefits.\nTrustGrid, Devaraj claimed, could stop fraudsters being able to use fake identities.\n\u201cToo often licence details are only checked superficially and this can now be replaced with cryptographic mechanisms. For example, should a criminal attempt to enter a bank and withdraw someone else\u2019s money, the Trustgrid platform would enable a teller to do a digital scan of the licence, initiating an authentication process that only the true identity owner could complete,\u201d he said.\nIt could also be applied to the MyHealthRecord to enable users to \u201cset the terms of their own digitised contract\u201d which determines what personal information can be disclosed and where.\nNSW began the rollout of digital licenses in 2016, beginning with digital versions of fishing licences and Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), and the Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) Competency Card.\nWithin a year 20,000 people had signed up to the various digital licenses, which are based on the Service NSW appand an individual\u2019s MyServiceNSW account.\nNo caption\nThe South Australian government at the end of last year also began rolling out optional digital driving licenses. It followed a successful phase-in of phase-in for digital proof of age cards, boat licence, land agent and land sales representative registrations and vehicle registrations.\nDevaraj called on other state governments to make a move towards digital licenses, and educate citizens about the technology.\n \n\u201cPeople will always be sceptical about the pace of change and new technologies. In the short term, the Federal Government faces an uphill battle in implementing large-scale, national initiatives, like My Health Record \u2013 there are too many agendas and misinformation is derailing sensible debate,\u201d he said.\n\u201cInstead, digitisation must be led through state-based policies and effective implementation at the local level; where people most often interact with government. If government can demonstrate trust between people and public services by providing a technology platform that enhances privacy, integrity and consent, both acceptance and the rate of change will improve dramatically,\u201d Devaraj added.