Deloitte to Develop GOV.UK Smartphone ID-Checker App

Deloitte has been selected by the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) to deliver a new native mobile app that will allow individuals to prove their identity in order to access government services. The two-year £4.8m contract forms a part of the wider One Login programme. This aims to provide a single cross-government system offering citizens  "one-stop shopping" for a comprehensive range of services delivered across departments.

Won in competition with 20 other bidders, the Deloitte identity verification solution will leverage the near-field communication technology embedded in most smartphones. This supports mobile payments and scanning of documents containing biometric chips, such as passports. The finished product may also incorporate some other forms of biometric authentication, such as facial or fingerprint recognition. The engagement will also see the Big 4 firm helping GDS to develop its own in-house app development capability.

The Public Sector has proved a very happy hunting ground for Deloitte in recent times. The firm’s sales to UK Government grew by 55% yoy in FY21 lifting revenue in this vertical segment to £665m (FY20: £429m). The firm’s activities in this arena include its well-publicised involvement in the Department of Health and Social Care’s Track and Trace programme.