Post Office Leads the Way in New Access

Post office leads the way

It’s been 14 years in the making, but a new way for the public to access online networks will soon become available. New Zealand Post is taking the igovt login ID system and making it available for public use, and online users will soon have access to an entirely new way to log in to everyday services.

In 1999, the New Zealand government began developing a way to use a single login ID coupled with identity verification to access its multiple networks. The program, called igovt, became active in 2006 and had a total of 424,000 users by the end of last year. In 2012, the New Zealand government approved expanding the service for public use. The new service, named RealMe, is a joint effort by the Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Post. It will allow the public to use a single login ID to access both public and private networks. The RealMe ID is touted as a way to prevent fraud and identity theft by offering verification of a user’s identity for online transactions.

To obtain a new ID, an individual will have to go to one of 150 Post Offices outfitted with special technology. People applying for a free RealMe ID will have a biometric photo of themselves taken for identity verification. After verification, a RealMe ID will be issued that can be used to access online networks that participate in the RealMe program. Renewal of the ID will be necessary every five years.

A business that participates in the program will be charged a recurring fee by NZ Post, though use of the system will be free to the public.

Do you think offering a universal login ID is a profitable service for the Post Office?

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2 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  April 18, 2013

    I think it would be a great service to offer. However, USPS’ current financial and legal situations make it difficult to impossible to embark on such an enterprise.

  2. Jonn

     /  April 19, 2013

    I thought I heard something in the news a little while ago about the Postal Service looking into to something like this. Do anyone know if it’s already in the works? I think it would help cut down on a lot of the fraud out there. I wonder if it would be free to folks who use it.

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