by Peggy Edoire

New ID smart card supplier named

Technology will bolster security

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Home Affairs with other signatories of the programme.

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, will supply the Government Printing Works (GPW) of South Africa with Sealys eID cards for its national identity programme.

GPW will harness Gemalto’s secure embedded software to protect the holder’s image and biometric data within the secure identity e-document, delivering outstanding levels of integrity and privacy.

Moreover, GPW selected the high-end Sealys document fitted with the contact-less feature, ensuring added levels of convenience with unrivalled security for citizens.

Designed to modernise and replace the traditional, paper-based ‘green book’ ID, the new Sealys eID card will be offered by the Department for Home Affairs to citizens aged 16 and over.

The government embarked on this service programme to improve confidence in official identity credentials and to prepare for the deployment of a comprehensive suite of efficient and convenient eGovernment services.

Leveraging experience that already includes participation to over 80 national programmes worldwide, Gemalto is providing GPW with an advanced and highly durable polycarbonate eID card specifically designed to counter forgery.

Furthermore, the Sealy eID supports public key infrastructure and match-on-card authentication techniques to enable easy verification of authenticity and a future-proof platform capable of providing a broad range of secure online services such as online and in-person authentication as well as legally binding digital signatures.

“Gemalto demonstrated their proven ability to deliver high-end eID secure documents within an ambitious schedule,” said Professor Anthony Mbewu, chief executive of GPW.

“Plans are already in place for the next phases of the modernisation programme, and we are very confident in Gemalto’s deep expertise and state-of-the-art technology in supporting our future aspirations.

“Our local presence in Johannesburg provides a key benefit in ensuring a strategic partnership with the GPW,” said Ari Bouzbib, senior vice president of government programmes at Gemalto.

“This new project marks another significant acceleration in the momentum behind eGovernment initiatives on the continent, where Gemalto has already deployed a number of major programmes,” said Bouzbib.

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