M-Gov innovation, digital signature generated on a SIM-card was introduced to representatives of leading republican mass-media. Prior to mobile signature official launch, National Information Technologies JSC conducted its preview and testing.
In the framework of the event, journalists received traditional digital signatures on media, which further they can use to transfer it on their mobile devices and sign applications made in m-Gov. Thus, journalists had a chance to evaluate eGov.kz mobile app and see the difference using mobile signature.
According to Gulmira Isabekova, the Head of “m-Government” project in National Information Technologies JSC, the main benefit of mobile signature is that citizens will be able to obtain certain public services even from simple mobile devices without the Internet connection or the use of applications. “To obtain a service, it is necessary to send SMS-message and sign it with digital signature recorded on a SIM-card. After that, an answer will be received with a result of public service delivery and abstract code. An abstract itself will be available in a Personal Cabinet of e-Gov Portal. SMS-service for obtainment of certificate of residence, certificate on real estate and police clearance certificate will be available after the Law “On Informatization” will be approved” told Isabekova.
Today, services of eGov.kz mobile app can be obtained via the use of digital signature that is used for e-Gov Portal. Also, it will be possible to do so with mobile signatures, when they will hit the market.
The project is launched with “Altel” mobile operator in pilot mode. By the end of this month, citizens will be able to buy such SIM-cards in Citizen Service Centers or “Altel” sales offices in Astana and Almaty. In other regions this SIM-cards will be available in October. Also, by the end of this year, SIM-cards with digital signatures will be offered by other operators of mobile communication.
Mobile signature is implemented as part of "Mobile office" project of the Republic of Kazakhstan that involves provision of public services in mobile format. Currently, Kazakhstani citizens can obtain 50 services in mobile format and 1,200 of citizens use m-Gov system.