MOSIP Architecture

Design choices

The MOSIP architecture decisions have been based on the Guiding Principles defined in the charter. The design choices are in line with the need for modularity, loose coupling and scalability of it components, and being API first.

  • Micro-service based architecture for all platform services for modularity and scalability.

  • Staged Event Driven Architecture (SEDA) for processing Registration data for extensibility.

  • Thick client architecture for the registration client to support offline operations as well as process security.

The sections below provide different views of the logical architecture of MOSIP.

Functional Architecture

From a MOSIP perspective, several actors are involved in the ID system.

  • The Individual or the Resident is the at the center of it all. It is their identity that the system deals with.

  • The Officer is a representative of the ID issuer. There are several specialized roles for the officer.

    • The Operator assists the individual during registration.

    • The Supervisor verifies and attests exceptional cases in registration.

    • The Adjudicator carries out manual verification or comparison of individual's data in the ID issue process.

    • The Auditor performs audit or forensic analysis of specific enrollments.

    • The Administrator is a super user who manages the configuration data of the system.

  • The Partner represents a 3rd party service or application that interacts with MOSIP. There are specialized partners in the ecosystem.

    • The Relying Party is an Authentication Partner who relies on the ID system for their business transaction. This could be a social scheme for benefits disbursement or a bank for opening accounts.

    • The Credential Provider is a print service provider for credential issue.

    • The Device Provider is a partner who provides biometric devices.

    • The FTM Provider is a partner who provides foundational trust modules for devices.

    • The Partner Application is a system that relies on mosip or one that mosip relies on. This could be a CRVS system or a Functional ID system such a Passport or a Drivers License.

    • The ID System is a system that mosip integrates with for inter-operable ID

The diagram shows the functional architecture of mosip with the actors.

Modular Architecture

Mosip has several modules that offer related functionality. These include the core modules of

  • Pre-registration

  • Registration client

  • Registration processor

  • ID Repository

  • Authentication

  • Resident Services

and the support modules

  • Partner Management

  • Administration

  • Reporting

Note: All user interface modules are reference implementations and can be uses as is, refactored or customized or replaced with alternative implementations in the actual deployment.

The diagram below show the various modules of mosip with their respective service bouquets and their interaction.