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Verifiable Credentials and ISO/IEC 18013-5 Based Credentials

A technical deep dive into digital credentials.

Digital Credentials

This UL white paper provides in-depth insight on two types of digital credentials, those that comply with the ISO/IEC 18013-5 standard for mobile driving licenses and those known as Verifiable Credentials (VCs), which comply with the Verifiable Credential Data Model specification published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The origins and goals of the VC Data Model and ISO/IEC 18013-5 are covered. The white paper explains that although ISO/IEC 18013-5 was primarily developed for the mobile driving license, it is set up in such a way that it can be used for any other type of credential as well. The only change necessary is the definition of a data model. A detailed overview is given of  the differences between the two, including

  • Specified scope
  • Architecture, data model and communication protocols
  • Privacy and security aspects

The whitepaper also discusses a number of ways in which a Verifiable Credential can be combined with ISO/IEC 18013-5, for example by storing it as a data element in an ISO/IEC 18013-5 based document.

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