How does a machine get an identity?

Identity is made up of two things – an identifier and the credentials attached to it.

So you can give a machine, or a device, an identifier – a very long number for example. This device can be identified by this number because this number is unique to it.  And then you can just add credentials to that identifier. Like, an IOT device which is compatible with a certain standard. That could be a credential. Or certificates, capabilities – they are all credentials. And then, step by step more and more credentials can be added to that identifier and then the device has an identity. This is what KILT Protocol is all about. A system that people can easily use, not just for people, but also for machines and for services and whatever they like to build identities on – this is what was created in KILT. Read more about machine identity in the KILT blog here.