itsme is a digital identity tool for consumers who live in Belgium. It was developed by Belgian banks in collaboration with telecoms operators, and is operated by startup Belgian Mobile iD. itsme aims to provide a reliable and highly secure digital identity for use in the public and the private sector. It can be used for various purposes:
With its customer-centric UX-design, itsme is used by businesses and government institutions to reliably verify customers’ identity when they sign up for online portals or apps. The applications are endless, from e-commerce purchases to getting insurance cover and signing official documents. itsme is set to expand its coverage beyond borders; the tool should go live in Luxembourg in late 2018.
Put simply, itsme serves as a lock and key for sensitive online data. Convenience was a big priority in the design of itsme. That is why the tool comes in the form of a smartphone app. The sign-up process boils down to three steps:
Businesses can customize the itsme onboarding flow to their exact specifications: from the number of identification factors (including fingerprint or pin code) to which personal details they receive about their customers.
First and foremost, itsme offers the highest possible level of security and assurance of your customer’s identity. But to benefit from these advantages, your customer must first sign up successfully to use your online platform or app. That is why itsme is designed to offer a seamless customer experience. It is easy to sign up and the customer has full control over the data they are sharing with you.
These customer-centered elements also will help you become (and remain) GDPR-compliant. Since the data sharing feature is fully customizable, you will never have superfluous data (data minimization). You also automatically offer full transparency to your customer.
Finally, online customers are much more valuable than offline customers; you will not only save cost by going digital (fewer helpdesk calls, lower postage costs, etc.), but also get more value out of each customer by personalizing their online experience and offering relevant products or services for added value. This will also increase your customer loyalty and engagement with your brand, allowing you to stay one step ahead of the competition.
itsme can be incorporated seamlessly into your onboarding process.
The technical implementation of itsme is straightforward; companies can be up and running in under 3 months. (The software uses standard APIs.) The challenge usually lies in finding the right customer-focused approach. That is why itsme runs its own onboarding platform to help you design a logical and user-friendly flow that meets all your business needs. Questions to consider when implementing itsme include:
A comprehensive CIAM platform like Onegini Connect can help you resolve all of your onboarding questions, streamline your overall customer experience and link up internal systems and databases. It offers integrations with a range of identity verification solutions including itsme (for Belgium and Luxembourg), BankID (for Scandinavia), and iDIN (for the Netherlands), so you can offer the same high standard of identity verification across borders.
Acting as a hub for all the different silos in your organization, Onegini Connect will also allow you to improve the efficiency of your internal processes by promoting a more holistic view of the customer. On top of that, you can collect user data to enrich customer profiles, which gives you the chance to offer personalized products and services for added value to your customer. In short, Onegini Connect can provide that unified, enriched customer experience you need to offer an online environment your customers will love.