eRecognition (in Dutch 'eHerkenning') enables businesses to arrange their affairs with government bodies electronically by maximising public-private cooperation. A unique characteristic of eRecognition is that accredited private sector providers, like iWelcome, issue proven e-identity, authentication and authorisation solutions to businesses and government authorities.
Formerly, government organisations used a variety of parallel authentication and authorisation solutions, resulting in multiple digital keys and causing poor user experience. The consequential weak user adoption stunted the growth of eBusiness and eGovernment. eRecognition has turned this 'vicious circle' into a 'virtuous circle': each business can acquire a single e-identity (EID) token, or reuse existing authentication means (like bank passes and tokens) that can be used for all government services. Thus, the set of digital keys for each service is replaced with one digital 'master key'. This will accelerate adoption, since user habits are formed by reusing the same authentication mechanism for various online services. Within the eRecognition framework iWelcome offers the iWelcome eRecognition Identity Broker.