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Egypt to get contactless ID cards

Egyptian National ID cards to get wireless chips following $14m deal

Egypt is set to introduce new contactless National ID cards, following the signing of a EGP 80 million ($14.6m) deal between card specialists IRIS and the Ministry of Interior.

The deal will provide new equipment to enable the Ministry to upgrade production of National ID cards at its Central Status Organization (CSO), which will allow the production of cards fitted with a wireless chip for contactless reading of card data.

The new cards will be more secure, and will also have capacity to expand beyond identity information, with other applications incorporated onto the card.

IRIS, a Malaysian company, will also provide consultancy, installation, maintenance, support and service for the card contract, along with knowledge transfer to enable CSO staff to manage production.

The company has incorporated a local subsidiary, IRIS-Egypt LLC to service the deal.

"Egypt is strategically located and offers easy access to the Middle East and Africa, two important regions for IRIS. We are very privileged to add Egypt in our expansion plan for trusted identity business overseas, among some of them are Senegal, Nigeria, Turkey, Bahamas, Maldives and Italy." said Dato' Tan Say Jim, managing director of IRIS Corporation Berhad.