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  • Wasim Rashid

The Identity Card

We come from the digital world where advanced identity solutions and integrations solve the simple need of knowing who you are in order for you to transact safely with other people and systems. We are used to having a digital identity in the workplace as well. In most companies you are issued a digital identity (company email and/or employee number) that can be used to authenticate towards the systems that you need to use in your daily work. In certain companies the same identity can be used across services and applications seamlessly through single-sign-on mechanisms. 


Now, in the physical world we have the same problems, we still need to identify ourselves in order to access or transact, although the difference is that instead of just showing your face and become recognised you need to prove who you are by showing some form of previously issued credentials by some trusted authority. Usually that is in the form of an identity card. In the workplace setting, that credential is usually an access card that allows you to enter your offices and in certain cases prove that you are an employee. This card is usually issued by the building manager through your employer’s HR department.


That is all fine and dandy as long as you don’t need to access and use other companies or buildings, nor services orbiting those companies and buildings like buying lunch at the canteen, charging your electric vehicle at the buildings parking lot or simply printing a document. Thats when you come into the same problem plaguing all digital or physical infrastructure: you have too many identities and credentials to maintain.


Outcomes are predicted. Trends are forecasted. Spoilers are included. Major plots are foreshadowed. We’ve realised that this is neither scalable or sustainable. So we decided to imagine how we would like to be treated, how we would like to interact with anything, in a safe, seamless and invisible way. A way that provided convenience and continuity in everything we do. We decided on a vision that surrounded everything around us, to us as unique individuals, not the other way around.


We believe one verified workplace identity is enough for both the digital and the physical world. One identity that is owned by you and is the digital representation of you. Online and offline. It’s your passport to places known and unknown, it’s your key to open doors, it’s your discovery card to new experiences and it will put *you* in focus of anyone, and anything, you interact with.


For the physical manifestation of your Orbit Identity, we decided on creating a robust metal access card with a minimalistic design. We wanted it to stand out in a sea of white access cards, but not be in the way of you - the card holder.

 

One more thing… Not only will the Orbit Identity Card represent you, you will also be able to pay for goods and services with it as well. Why carry two or more cards in your physical (or digital) wallet when one is enough?

[The Orbit Card is created in collaboration with Thales. Payment processing is delivered by Qpay. The Credit element is provided by Aprila Bank]


And one last thing...

Everything is about communication and collaboration. If complex problems can’t be explained simply, you will never find an easy solution. To launch something in Orbit is complex.


We will continue our journey by referring to cases and stories you already know. This is how we are collaborating internally and externally - with great partners. This article was written by Co-Founder Daniel Bentes, I am reposting his amazing words, the graphical elements are build Railway. One the biggest players in connectivity, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies, Thales Group, are helping out to produce the Orbit Identity Card. Payment processing is delivered by Qpay. QPay is an independently owned UK based FinTech. Qpay has been deploying payment based innovative programs for many of the world’s largest brands for over 15 years and deployed over 300 programs during that period. 


When you are reinventing a business model you must think outside the box and connect the dots across industries. You must learn from them and even take the leap and add features of those industries into your reinvented business model. Orbit is about that. Orbit is bringing amazing knowledge from Aprila Bank in order to reinvent commercial real estate.


that's all for this time :-)

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