Chinese smartphone manufacturer and telecommunications giant Huawei has launched a pilot program for an electronic ID (eID) that integrates into Huawei Pay.

The eID is issued by the Ministry of Public Security and stored on the security chip within Huawei phones, protecting the integrity of the sensitive identity data. According to local media, it will allow users to authenticate their identity online, but will also be available for offline use when checking into hotels.

Sun Jianfa, director of Huawei Pay’s Consumer Businesses Group, said the ultimate goal is to allow users not to use wallets. He said the company hopes to integrate ID cards, bank cards, various membership cards, door keys, and even car keys into Huawei Pay.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.