Swiss Federal Railway pilots self-sovereign workforce identity solution using blockchain

Zug, SWITZERLAND – Those traveling often to Switzerland will be accustomed to the to-the-minute punctuality of its trains. Mondial clocks at each station will attest to this clockwork efficiency. And considering also that Baselworld showcases each year is the epitome in mechanical watchmaking, it comes as no surprise that to further calibrate this efficiency, the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) is incorporating blockchain technology with certification of its workforce as the first use case. The country has been receptive of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, especially with the town of Zug an incubator hub for all things blockchain related.

Working with Linum Labs, SBB is piloting a decentralised identity bank given that SBB is one of the biggest hiring transport operators in the nation with many construction sites and approximately 30,000 employees in Switzerland including subcontracted construction companies with different parties issuing certificates. Quite simply, what they wanted was the ability to verify the identity of an employee along with his credentials in a tamper-proof ledger to ensure they can be accounted for onsite and possess the aptitude to for the work assigned.

According to the Medium post:

“using uPort, railway workers, certification authorities and supervisors can have their own unique digital identities linked to their respective uPort ID’s, which is then anchored to an identity on the blockchain. A hash of the worker’s check-in / check-out activities is published to the blockchain so that the internal database can be audited.”

This is done with a uPort mobile app that rail workers must sign up with that stakeholders will be able to manage its workforce accordingly. It has been indicated that this self-sovereign identity solution can be implemented on a wider scale in different industries.