An integrated identity verification system for mobile terminals

Oleksiy Mazhelis (University of Jyväskylä, Information Technology Research Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Jouni Markkula (University of Jyväskylä, Information Technology Research Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Jari Veijalainen (University of Jyväskylä, Information Technology Research Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland)

Information Management & Computer Security

ISSN: 0968-5227

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To report the work on the design of an integrated identity verification system architecture aimed at approaching high verification accuracy, continuous security, and user‐friendliness.


The reported research corresponds to the building process in the design science research paradigm. The requirements to an identity verification system are defined and used in the selection of architecture components. Furthermore, various issues affecting the suitability of component distribution between a terminal and a remote server are considered.


In order to meet the stated requirements, in the proposed architecture static and dynamic identity verification is combined. The use of the dynamic part enables continuous and user‐friendly verification, while the static part is responsible for accurate verification. A suitable distribution of architecture components between the terminal and the remote server is proposed.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed architecture represents a specification that corresponds to the computational viewpoint of the reference model for open distributed processing. Other specifications, such as engineering or technological specifications, which are needed for successful implementation of the system, are not provided in the paper.

Practical implications

The paper provides a specification of the integrated identify verification system architecture that can be utilised during further design and subsequent implementation of the system.


While available approaches to identity verification in a mobile environment concentrate mainly on connectivity identity verification (employed in accessing communication services), the proposed architecture focuses on application‐level identity verification needed to access application‐level resources, remotely or locally on the terminal.



Mazhelis, O., Markkula, J. and Veijalainen, J. (2005), "An integrated identity verification system for mobile terminals", Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 367-378.

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