In the near future, people can bring literally nothing, but their smartphones with them when going outside.

Alipay and WeChat, two of the most widely-used Apps in China, have recently implemented an electronic identity card function on their App. This means that people don’t have to keep the physical identity card with them all the time and can simply show the electronic identity cards on Alipay/WeChat App to authenticate their identities.

On November 3rd, Nanning Municipal Bureau of Public Security had signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Tencent, the mother company of WeChat. Through this agreement, Nanning citizens can use their electronic identity card on WeChat inside the Nanning city. The procedure to ‘electronize’ identity card is quite simple. Nanning citizens can go to the official account of Naning Police Service inside WeChat, enter identification information, and upload front and back photos of their physical identification cards. Using electronic identity card, users can easily manage hotel check-ins, security check in the airports, and so on.

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MJ explores the startup community across a variety of industries. MJ is particularly interested in O2O and Big Data. MJ is based in Shanghai.