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Moscow simplifies access to city services for citizens

Moscow’s Department of Information Technology has given businesses free access to the unified city identifier on its portal to provide Muscovites with single point of entry.

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Moscow's new system will negate the need for numerous passwords to access services
Moscow's new system will negate the need for numerous passwords to access services

Moscow’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) is allowing businesses free access to the unified city identifier Mos.ID on the mos.ru city portal.

 

The identifier aims to simplify user access to online accounts in the city’s internet services.

Muscovites can use it to access a wider range of online services, from payment of utility and telephone bills to internet banking, without worrying about the security of their personal data or having to remember numerous passwords.

 

Early users

 

One of the first companies to begin using the unified identifier is the Moscow City Telephone Network, which provides broadband internet access, digital TV, mobile and landline telephone, CCTV, intruder alarm and other services in Moscow and Moscow Region.

 

In addition, the system is live on the website of the Higher School of Economics, one of the leading higher educational institutions in Russia, and is currently being integrated with more than 10 other projects.

 

“The new system will simplify life in the digital space, help to counter fraud and become a single point of entry into hundreds of internet services for citizens. In other words, it will do away with the need to memorise numerous passwords for various accounts,” said Denis Zhikharev, head of projects at DIT.

 

According to the DIT, the advantage of this entry system is that the data stored in it is always up to date. Personal data entered when registering on the city portal is checked in government databases, while user identity is verified in a multifunctional centre or through binding with a confirmed state services account and contains a large number of verified details.

“The new system will simplify life in the digital space, help to counter fraud and become a single point of entry into hundreds of internet services for citizens”

 

With users’ consent, verification of data will expand opportunities for the provision of new online services, such as authentication in car-sharing services and ad placement services, remote education, with internet providers or credit reference agencies, with no additional ID confirmation procedures.

 

A high-level of security of users’ personal data is ensured by using two-factor authentication with an anti-hammering function. The system has, reportedly, been tested by the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control to ensure protection of the personal data information system.

 

Unified web space

 

Mos.ru is the official portal of the mayor and government of Moscow. The main aim of the portal is to create a unified web space for the city, providing Muscovites with a single resource where they can find all the city platforms and online services they need.

 

It also provides access to state services in electronic form, instructions on what to do in various life situations, news about the city, districts and neighbourhoods, and information about upcoming events.

 

The mos.ru portal provides access to more than 330 services and has over 8.2 million registered individual users and more than 38,500 corporate users.

 

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