LEPS project enables existing services in the financial and postal sectors to use the pan-European elD infrastructure for cross-border electronic identification and authentication (i.e. eIDAS Network) and operate under elDAS specifications and rules. In this context, the project provides technical guidance to Service Providers in how to effectively integrate the (proxy) national nodes of the eIDAS Network, to relax “connection barriers” for Service Providers such as technical complexity, speed, and cost of integration. For such purpose, in this deliverable, a compacted market research and feasibility analysis of the uptake of the use of eIDAs services by the private sector (especially in the financial and postal industries) has been conducted, and operational and policy enablers have been identified. In this perspective, the document reviews previous related work, i,e. technical and business trends in this area, as well as essential conclusions from previous projects and initiatives, which are relevant for identity management and cross-border identification via eID-EU in the selected sectors and beyond. It also includes feedback in terms of feasibility and sustainability of the use of eID-EU, received by an Industry eID Monitoring Group thas has been established early in the project. The findings of this deliverable will be used in the project tasks that follow this initial analysis, namely in a detailed cost-benefit assessment of the integration with the eIDAS Network of a Service Provider and in the definition of a roadmap for maximizing the impact and the further use of LEPS outcomes. The essential contribution of this deliverable can be summarized as follows:
- 1. The cost and the operational effectiveness of the adoption of an eIDAS compliant eID service is one of the main concerns of the private Services Providers that should be addressed in priority.
- 2. The most interesting current trend in the sector, that appears also as the most influencing factor for the market uptake of eIDAS compliant eID services in the private sector, is mobile identification and authentication, which dramatically reduces costs while improving security and user experience.
- 3. One of the major barriers to the adoption of the eIDAS services is the relatively low level of cross-border transactions, especially in the financial and postal sectors.