ACE : Building a Self-Sovereign Identity Ecosystem to Serve Albertans

In addition to the global identity governance networks like Sovrin, SSI pioneers are also developing localized ecosystem collaborations.

In Alberta the state owned bank ATB Financial is building ‘ACE’, the Alberta Credential Ecosystem, a local collaboration of organizations beginning to adopt SSI and achieve integrated services through sharing SSI credentials, an initiative led by Mike Brown.

Building a Local Identity Ecosystem

What this highlights is that both global and local collaboration is key. Where global ecosystems like Sovrin enable the core inter-operation, there is still a need for localized collaborations to operationalize these capabilities, even in the simple terms of building partner relationships through meet ups and workshops. From these comes the realization of how and where to apply the technology to best deliver mutually beneficial business results.

Presenting to the SSI Meetup community, Mike explains the journey thus far for developing ACE.

The principle objective has been to form a collaboration network of local organizations, what Mike defines as a ‘multi-sided marketplace’, including universities, utilities, telcos, local and city government, to identify where they have intersecting business processes that would be well served through an SSI-integrated workflow.

Having modeled these scenarios they have then developed Proof of Concept prototypes. For example working with Telus, the local telco, they linked a banking credential to enable a new account opening process. With IBM and Workday they linked the other way, connecting a new employee onboarding process to payroll banking set up.

Future work includes an in-depth review of digital wallet options and the role they will play in enabling user-centric services for citizens, in particular how best to address the critical issue of key management.

Presenting at the Hyperledger Global Forum Mike shared this lightning talk that showed these developments within an overall context for the bank, with SSI being one of five main focus areas, the others being inter-banking operations, enterprise solutions, cryptocurrencies and payment solutions.

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