Simo Karppinen is head of the Driving Licences Unit at the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom). Traficom is working towards releasing a mobile driving licence (mDL) in Finland. The project is currently in public pilot phase and the mDL recently gained an official status next to the physical driving licence, in national legislation.
Simo is the process owner for the mDL and serves as a chairman on the EReg (Association of European Vehicle and Driver Registration Authorities) topic group XIX, focusing on non-physical driving licences.
He has more than 15 years experience in managing and developing public services for vehicle registration and more recently for driving licenses. He was involved in developing and introducing the first e-services for both vehicle registration and driving licences in Finland.
Simo has a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki.