Gemalto Selected to distribute new eID program in Jordan

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 10, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Gemalto, a pioneer in digital security, has been chosen by Jordan's Ministry of Information (MoI), Communication and Technology (MoICT), to deliver new eID program for the country. In order to reduce the risk of fraud in the upcoming elections of August 2016 and to strengthen national security and immigration controls Gemalto is ought to deliver automatic fingerprint identification systems along with the eID cards. Furthermore the company will also provide card personalization and issuance solutions, Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards along with a comprehensive suite of Coesys enrollment to the Ministry of Interior (MOI) - through OFFTEC.

Gemalto systems will be employed to issue smart cards at 25 devoted centers. The employment system will be organized in passport offices and 100 civil status in such a way that the MoI employees will be able to capture the citizen’s biometric and personal data onto the National registry that too without any duplication. To ease the job of officials like verifying the identity of the card holder, all the details of the citizen are laser engraved in the card and stored within its embedded microprocessor.

With the inbuilt digital and graphical security features of the new eIDs, the Jordanian government will be able to seamlessly add new card use cases after issuance. Thus the new ambitious eIDs can leverage on initial investment and develop new secure eGov services and applications to lessen administrative costs and improve service standards.

Mrs Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology said "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". "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.”

Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto said "Gemalto has the resources necessary to deliver a turnkey solution, along with millions of eID documents to a tight lead time". "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."