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Jordan selects Gemalto for citizen ID card

Gemalto to provide enrolment, personalisation, issuance and authentication solutions

Jordan selects Gemalto for citizen ID card
Gemalto will provide card issuance and fingerprint authentication solutions for Jordan's new ID card scheme.

Jordan's Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MoICT) has selected Gemalto to provide a new citizen ID card for the Kingdom.

Gemalto will supply it ID solutions including enrolment, card issuing and authentication systems to enhance security, immigration controls and reduce electoral fraud.

"For the Kingdom of Jordan, improving security, slashing ID fraud and creating a trusted infrastructure for online access are all high priorities on the agenda," said Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology. "The new Jordan eID card will strengthen the infrastructure required for digital signature and will enable the addition of new eGovernment Services onto the card when they are available."

The ID card scheme will be administered by the Ministry of Interior. Gemalto and local partner OFFTEX will provide Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards along with a comprehensive suite of Coesys enrolment, card personalization and issuance solutions, as well as automatic fingerprint identification systems (AFIS).

The enrolment system will be deployed in 100 civil status and passport offices, enabling MOI staff to capture the personal and biometric data of citizens for duplication-free entry onto the National Registry. Gemalto systems will also be employed to personalize and issue smart cards at 25 dedicated centres. The citizen's details are both laser engraved in the card and stored within its embedded microprocessor to enable officials to verify beyond doubt the identity of the holder.

The new eIDs combine state-of-the-art digital and graphical security features and offer the Jordanian government the ability to seamlessly add new card use cases after issuance. As a result, it can leverage on initial investment and develop new secure eGov services and applications that improve service standards and reduce administrative costs.

"Gemalto has the resources necessary to deliver a turnkey solution, along with millions of eID documents to a tight lead time," said Frédéric Trojani, executive vice president for Government Programs at Gemalto. "As well as affording greater protection to its citizens, Jordan's adoption of this smart government platform promises a new era for the eTransformation of the country."

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