Mobile Authentication for First Responders

Project Description

Exponent’s project was coordinated by Kantara with funding from partner Rutgers University, through its program, Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA). The project was supported via an award provided by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (S & T) Directorate.

As part of KIPI, Exponent completed all three research and development phases for a digital credentialing product for secure identification bringing the project to a successful conclusion. The first two phases tested solutions for first responders using Near Field Communication, Bluetooth Low Energy and the OPACITY Protocol. This earlier digital credentialing and digital identity work was the jumping off point for Phase Three of the project.
The source code resulting from the first phases project is available as royalty-free open source at
The ultimate goal of Phase Three was to create guidance and test plans for a North American mobile driver’s license as a secure data record accessible through an online data request or secure data store on a mobile device creating a much safer, private and secure credentialing system, and one that is in compliance with the REAL ID Act in the United States.

More details on mDL Technical Guidance and Test Plan case study can be found at


Contact Details

Cristopher Williams

John Fessler


Note: This work is funded by the U.S Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Any opinions contained herein are those of the performer and do not necessarily reflect those of DHS S&T.