A newly launched virtual identification system could make paperwork a thing of the past for local consumers. Called Virtual iD, the system allows users to manage all their accounts from a centralised, virtual environment.
The brainchild of entrepreneur, Marnus Broodryk, Virtual iD is a web-based form of identification that can be shared with participating service providers in order to expedite service delivery.
“Virtual iD can save users long hours spent queuing or filling out paperwork, as it only requires them to enter their personal details once,” says its Broodryk. “Once they’ve filled in their particulars via our online system, they’ll be issued with a virtual ID number, which can then be shared with vendors, who will be able to use their stored details to fill out any necessary forms themselves.”
“Our system employs state-of-the-art security systems and is Norton secured – the system preferred by 97% of the World’s top 100 banks and 93% of Fortune 500 companies,” explains Broodryk. “Users can rest easy knowing that their personal details are well protected, and that service providers will only be given the authority to access these details by the user themselves. All information is linked to the user’s mobile number, and we’ve incorporated a one-time password system so as to further increase security measures.”
Broodryk has launched a viral sign-up campaign, encouraging members of the public to make their voices heard, and to sign up for their Virtual iD. A video featuring a number of prominent local celebrities, including Grant Nash of 5FM fame, has been posted on Youtube and the campaign has been designed to demonstrate local demand for an easier and more efficient way to conduct business.
Broodryk believes despite the growth of the digital landscape in recent years, the vast majority of local government institutions and service providers still make use of antiquated technology, incapable of delivering the type of rapid, hassle-free customer service experience that today’s consumers demand.
Virtual iD has been fully optimised to integrate seamlessly with existing back-end systems including Pastel, but widespread adoption of the system will require a shift in mind-set from the country’s service providers – something that Broodryk thinks will only come about as a result of high consumer demand.
“I believe that a system that can simplify the lives of consumers throughout the country is something that everyone who’s ever experienced the frustration of paperwork can support,” says Broodryk. “As a result, we’re calling on the South African public to help us to make the Virtual iD system a reality, and to petition companies throughout the country to get on board with this revolutionary offering.”
Check it out on www.virtualid.co.za and fill in your details. Registration is free, and the first 10 000 users can stand in line to win a 40” Sony Bravia LCD TV.