The move is in line with the announcement of Here shareholder BMW earlier this year to create a data hub as an enabler to establish innovative services utilizing data generated in connected cars. While BMW so far has not announced any activities related to Verimi, it will be participating through its holdings in Here. Other owners of Here include carmaker Audi as well as chipmaker Intel. Apparently the group was successful in luring further partners: Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bank as well as the IT security company Bundesdruckerei have now been added. Verimi is scheduled to start at the turn of the year 2017/18; its first service offer will be a secure “digital master key” (single-sign-on) for the Internet. “In the future, this will make it much easier to log on to websites and make the use of Internet offerings more secure,” the announcement said.
So far, sign-up services in the internet are often in the hands of Google, Facebook or Twitter. In Europe the dominance of data platforms from the US on the Internet has been criticized. The plan of the German corporations is, so far, the most ambitious attempt to build a European counterweight. The founding members sketch the vison of a common “registration, identity and data platform”.
The partners advertise the important data protection argument in Europe: the platform should “ensure the highest standards in data security and data protection” and correspond to the reformed EU law in the area. The platform will already in the initial phase be available to shareholders from the automotive, finance, IT, aviation, media, technology, telecommunications and insurance sectors, and thus cover a broad market. It has the stated objective of rapidly attracting further companies from all sectors of the German and European economy.