IDunion: An open ecosystem for trusted identities

  • IDunion (formerly SSI for Germany) has completed the competition phase of the innovation competition “Schaufenster Sichere Digitale Identitäten” and is applying to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) for the next phase of the innovation competition.
  • The use of decentralised, self-sovereign identities for natural persons, companies and things is to be tested in over 35 use cases from a wide range of sectors.
  • The project involves 26 well-known public and private partners.
  • More information can be found on our website

Frankfurt am Main, 24 November 2020 – IDunion (formerly “SSI for Germany”) creates an ecosystem for decentralised, self-sovereign identities for natural persons, companies, institutions and things. In a partnership of renowned public and private institutions, a distributed identity network will be established, which will be managed by a European cooperative. The partners develop software applications and components, which leverage the the IDunion network and enable the allocation, storage and exchange of verified identity information. The use of open source software and standardised data formats will create a vendor-neutral solution and transparency as well as promote interoperability between providers, networks and traditional identity solutions.

A distributed test network is currently operated by 12 partners and will be available as a production environment for numerous use cases also outside the consortium from 2021. A detailed legal governance structure for the network has been developed with the support of the law firm Jones Day. In addition, extensive reports were prepared on legal topics, including the GDPR and eIDAS regulations, as well as on security aspects and a freedom-to-operate analysis.

In addition, various software applications were developed for both citizens and companies and tested in extensive user acceptance tests. Currently, identity wallets from the Main Incubator GmbH (Lissi Wallet) and esatus AG (esatus Wallet) are already available for end users to download. All partners are currently evaluating or implementing applications or use-cases for the further integration of the IDunion network into their existing systems.

The use cases touch on a variety of areas and target a variety of stakeholders including citizens, (public) institutions, companies and things. The over 35 use cases are divided into seven clusters: education, e-commerce/mobility, e-government, e-health, finance, identity & access management (IAM) and

industry/IoT. The consortium is open for further partners or use cases and is happy to provide all necessary software components for further pilots. You can find more information on our website at:

As consortium leader, Main Incubator GmbH is applying together with the following 25 partners for the implementation phase of the BMWi-funded project “Schaufenster Sichere Digitale Identitäten”.

  • Bank-Verlag GmbH
  • Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
  • Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe
  • Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Bundesdruckerei GmbH
  • BWI GmbH
  • Commerzbank AG
  • D-Trust GmbH
  • DB Systel GmbH
  • Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs)
  • esatus AG
  • Festo SE & Co. KG
  • GS1 Germany GmbH
  • ING Deutschland
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes NRW (MWIDE)
  • R3 LLC
  • regio iT gesellschaft für informationstechnologie mbh
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Siemens AG
  • Spherity GmbH
  • Stadt Köln
  • Technische Universität Berlin (Fachgebiet Service-centric Networking und Zentraleinrichtung Campusmanagement)
  • Verband der Vereine Creditreform e.V.
  • Westfälische Hochschule Institut für Internet-Sicherheit (if(is))
  • YES Payment Services GmbH

About main incubator

main incubator is the research & development unit and the early-stage investor of Commerzbank Group. It examines future technologies of relevance to business and society, as well as promotes and develops sustainable solutions.

Based on the technologies of additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cross reality, internet of things, networks, robotics and quantum computing, main incubator develops prototypes, often in cooperation with partners from industry and research. By doing this, main incubator is actively involved in the creation of sustainable products, solutions and infrastructures.

Through strategic investments in tech-driven start-ups, main incubator already supports innovations at an early stage and makes them available for Commerzbank and its customers.

Furthermore, main incubator promotes the tech ecosystem by participating in opinion-forming processes and committee work, or through its own events, such as the monthly tech start-up event series “Between the Towers”.

Main Incubator GmbH, or main incubator for short, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commerzbank AG headquartered in Frankfurt am Main.

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