HID Global®, a worldwide provider in trusted identity solutions, announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID’s citizen ID solutions to add e-Visa and e-Permit capabilities to its e-Passport, which HID helped deploy last year as part of the Tanzania e-Immigration program. The new web-based visa and residence permit services allow visitors and residents to apply for and receive validated credentials for traveling or living in the country. Integrated e-immigration solution “This is an important milestone as we continue to work with HID Global to enhance and broaden the capabilities of our e-Immigration ecosystem,” said Dr Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration. “We plan to continue expanding this solution to our country’s border crossings and across the broader global community as we become a showcase for efficient, comprehensive and integrated e-Immigration solutions.” Convenient and efficient toolset We are pleased to be entering this second deployment phase with the government of Tanzania" “We are pleased to be entering this second deployment phase with the government of Tanzania, building on the success of the country’s e-Passport roll-out last year,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Sales, Citizen ID business with HID Global. “Immigration officers in Tanzania now have a convenient and efficient toolset for completing their vital mission of vetting and granting electronic visa and residence permit credentials to applicants.” Since early 2018, HID Global has been Tanzania’s primary supplier of an end-to-end solution for issuing e-Passports with advanced physical and electronic security features, automated verification capabilities and a tamper-proof contactless chip embedded in a polycarbonate datapage. The country now has a single citizen identification system that spans the entire identity journey from data capture to issuance and can be used to support e-Passports, e-Visas, e-Permits and other physical electronic documents. HID a solutions provider HID’s solutions can be found in sixty percent of all government-issued electronic identity projects around the world. As a solutions provider, HID is delivering complete, end-to-end system solutions that meet governmental requirements for national ID, e-Passport, foreign resident ID, driver license, vehicle registration and other programs.
HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Argentina has selected HID Global to upgrade its ICAO electronic passport to a newer generation that will reduce costs, improve security and enhance the reliability of data reading at border control points. Enhanced data security and vetting The Argentine government is transitioning its electronic booklet from a printed antenna to a new copper wire antenna, which is more reliable, having a stronger bond with the chip holding the traveler’s data, and therefore reducing the failure rate. A vast majority of the ePassports around the world use copper wire antennas. Supporting stronger security elements, the booklet also features an electronic cover built with a radio-frequency shield. A thin layer of special material disturbs radio communication with the passport antenna, only when the booklet is closed, impeding it from being read or stolen by people with harmful intentions. It strongly decreases the risk of unauthorised access to chip data when passports are not inspected. In the current state of ICAO standards, the micro-controller chip constitutes the critical place where sensitive citizen biometric and biographical data is stored. HID Global continues to help countries such as Argentina gain the benefits of higher security, efficiency and flexibility from the newest generation of ePassports" Greater passport detail security “HID Global continues to help countries such as Argentina gain the benefits of higher security, efficiency and flexibility from the newest generation of ePassports,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Citizen Identity Solutions business with HID Global. “Our eCover is one piece of a broader portfolio of HID solutions, systems, software and services that we offer to help governments issue and manage citizen IDs for millions of people.” The process to upgrade the Argentine passport started in June 2017 when the government opened a public bid. The delivery of the new eCovers started in March 2018, and the Argentine government began issuing the enhanced ePassports to citizens in April. Using the new eCover solution from HID’s Citizen Identity Solutions business unit, the Argentine government is expected to save $2.3 million USD (60 million pesos) annually. HID’s TLam eCover “The Argentine government was looking for a high-quality solution for its latest ePassport and wanted to align with the global market trends” said Eduardo Lerner President at the Institute of Publications and Statistics (IPESA), HID’s partner that assisted with the implementation of the new technology in Argentina. “We were able to combine HID’s state-of-the-art TLam eCover with our trusted delivery and advice to support Argentina’s goal to provide its citizens with one of the most secure passports in the world.”
15,000 mobile readers distributed to exam centres across the country To combat the high instance of identity fraud and improve the overall student validation process at the time of the exam, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria has adopted a mobile ID system. Now more than 2.2 million students register online and receive machine-readable HID Global smart cards every year. The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is West Africa’s foremost examining body. It was established by law in 1952 and today, is comprised of five member countries -- Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Liberia. Services provided by the WAEC include: Conducting public examinations for primary and junior/senior secondary school levels Conducting aptitude tests for institutions and corporate bodies Issuing results and certificates of completion/passing on the examinations administered Every year WAEC registers more than 2.2 million students for annual exams conducted in more than 13,000 participating exam centers across Nigeria. With an admirable mission and high standards, WAEC soon realised maintaining the integrity of the organisation was going to require more than basic security procedures to identify, authenticate and monitor students during the examinations process while at the same time, providing a professional and comfortable testing environment. Exam registration fraud The historical method for exam registration and authorising is manual, time consuming, and susceptible to fraud. Students register online and are provided a paper receipt that is later manually validated at the time of testing without a secure process to confirm the student is who he or she says. For this reason tracking and recording cases of identity fraud is difficult and suspect. While WAEC knew it needed to do something to remedy the situation, with so many exam centers spread throughout the country, building a more secure infrastructure from the ground up was not economically feasible. To facilitate improvements in the annual examinations, WAEC turned to Botosoft, based in Lagos, Nigeria who commissioned HID Global to assist with the development and deployment of a secure card issuance and mobile ID system which allowed WAEC to meet and exceed its security needs within budget. “The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body” “The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body,” said Mr. Charles Eguridu, WAEC Head of National Office Lagos. “We turned to Botosoft and HID Global to develop an electronic Student ID card programme that could address the high volume issuance requirements of WAEC in a very aggressive timeframe as well as our overall need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams.” On-line registration for an identity card, read using a mobile device at each examination site, was decided to be the most practical solution. These cards would be valid only for the examinations being held in a particular semester and expire immediately on completion of the final paper. Without a valid card, students would not be allowed to take their exams. With security, flexibility and quality at the forefront, WAEC required a secure issuance system that could print upwards of 1.8 million cards in the spring term and another 400,000 cards in the autumn term. Further, the cards needed to be checked and authenticated at the examinations sites by local officials. HID Global leveraged Government ID expertise and offerings to deliver a customized solution to accept the raw data from WAEC’s online enrollment process; validate the information and prepare it for use in personalizing the cards in the Botosoft facility. Additionally, HID Global assisted with the design and development of the mobile reader application software used in the mobile readers. Once issued, Botosoft’s Candidates Identity Verification, Attendance, Malpractice and Post-Examinations Management System (CIVAMPEMS) ensures effective administration of the “Exam Day” process. Solutions Students now register online. The information is used to personalise and issue a machine-readable smart card to each student. This same information is stored in a central biometric database that can be accessed in real-time by the new mobile readers at the time of the exam. Today, more than 15,000 mobile readers have been distributed to over 3,500 exam centers throughout Nigeria allowing supervisors to identify and authenticate students at the time of the exam by accessing student information from the HID smart card and validating it against the central database in real-time. Similarly, information about the testing process including, date, time and the name of the testing center is added to the student’s online records. Today, more than 15,000 mobile readers have been distributed to over 3,500 exam centres throughout Nigeria WAEC’s vision to be a world-class examinations body and gaining international recognition now inspires and challenges more than 2.2 million African students every year. To facilitate improvements in the annual examinations, WAEC teamed with BotoSoft and HID Global to develop an electronic Student ID card program that would address high volume issuance requirements and the need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams. “Our goal is to make the lives of the Nigerian people better,” said Babatope M. Agbeyo, Chairman, Botosoft. “By partnering with HID Global we have been able to help WAEC achieve its goal to maintain the integrity of the examinations process. In 2014 we helped register and validate more than 2.2 million students at examination centers across Nigeria using 15,000 custom mobile readers.” The WAEC student ID card incorporates multiple technologies to facilitate the greatest security and protection against ID fraud possible. Beyond visual identification – the candidate whose name and photograph appear on the card must take the card to the appropriate exam center and present it to the Examinations Official upon request – multiple embedded technologies not visible to the naked eye have been incorporated. Specific features unique to the WAEC student ID card include: An integrated contactless chip A UV blue WAEC logo Guilloche graphics Micro-text Warped patterns with faded edges Text relief, two-color over print Faded photo box edges overlapping with personalised photos To facilitate the rapid personalization and issuance of secure identification cards, HID Global provided a turnkey software and hardware solution including FARGO® DTC4500 and 4500 ID card printers / encoders deployed in under four months with a capacity of more than 65,000 cards per day. HID Global provided hands-on training and support to the Botosoft production team. Botosoft’s Candidates Identity Verification, Attendance, MalPractice and Post Examinations Management System (CIVAMPEMS) is used to address and record exam day activities – capturing and recording events/occurrences as they happen, with the ability to report them in a timely manner. Botosoft’s CIVAMPEMS verifies the identity of students when cards are scanned with the mobile reader as well as recording attendance, and any related examinations malpractice by the student. As a result, WAEC receives access to very reliable data including post-examinations reports. Information is recorded and stored on the mobile readers and interminably sent to a secure database providing WAEC with secure, reliable access to examinations reports whenever needed. Results Innovations in mobile ID technologies are beginning to emerge, allowing secure identification and authentication as well as instant access to critical information. Students are now issued a secure, biometric RFID credential that is registered in a central WAEC biometric database. Supervisors at the examinations sites can authenticate students in real-time via a handheld reader that can access the central database. The result: Reduced exam fraud Less paperwork Increased value of the diploma In addition, with the advancements made by HID Global the next generation mobile reader could be a smart phone. Using smart phones as readers will significantly reduce infrastructure costs. “Education in emerging countries is key to the development of human capital and therefore key to Nigeria’s future. We are excited to be at the forefront of the Mobile ID market, and to be instrumental in bolstering faith in the qualifications that legitimate candidates work so hard to achieve” said Rob Haslam, vice president, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “Innovations in mobile ID technologies are allowing us to meet the unique ID needs of our customers, especially those in developing countries where mobile technologies have leapfrogged more traditional technology infrastructures. Working together with Botosoft we were able to build and deliver a secure and affordable solution to meet WAEC’s specific needs.”
Vehicle owners with smart devices inNigeria will have a secure way toprove their identity using mobile IDs Using HID goID, HID Global’s new secure identity solution, the mobile IDs will be issued through the Nigerian Police Force’s Biometric Central Motor Registry vehicle registration card program. The program provides real-time access to information about vehicles and their owners through mobile readers powered by ASSA ABLOY’s award-winning Seos technology. The mobile IDs provide citizens and police officers with more convenience, trust, security, and real-time access to information. The Nigerian Police will be issued smartphones as mobile readers to verify a vehicle owner’s ID and gain real-time access to reliable accident, crime, or insurance information on the vehicle. Offline verification The HID goID platform has been designed so that even in areas of restricted or no network coverage, a police officer can still verify the identity of the owner and vehicle offline. It also ensures privacy protection by enabling users to present credentials with a Bluetooth or NFC connection rather than relinquishing their smartphones. Femi Agoro, Director of Media Concept, says the partnership with HID Global will help create a safer Nigeria for its citizens and its police force. “This project equips our police officers with the information they need, enabling them to do their job more effectively,” he says. “Working with HID Global, we’re proud to be bringing such innovative new mobile technologies to the people of Nigeria.” Mobility initiative The program in Nigeria is the first of several that HID Global will announce around the world in support of its newly launched mobility initiative. The aim of this initiative is to enable users to confidently use more applications and conduct transactions with a trusted, government-issued ID on smart devices. Rob Haslam, Vice President and Managing Director of HID Global’s Government ID Solutions, says: “Smartphone adoption is growing exponentially among Nigeria’s 170 million citizens. Offering citizens the option to carry a mobile ID on a smartphone to easily and conveniently prove vehicle ownership is a natural next step in the wider shift to government-issued mobile IDs for vehicle registration and beyond.” Save
HID goID platform enables instant over-the-air provisioning of IDs to citizens’ smartphones and secure access to cloud-based government information services Powered by ASSA ABLOY’s Seos technology, the HID goID platform for mobile IDs enables instant over-the-air provisioning of government-issued IDs to citizens’ smartphones and secure access to cloud-based government information services. Rob Haslam, Vice President and Managing Director of Government ID Solutions at HID Global, says: “As the first solution to enable convenient yet secure issuing and receiving of credentials over the air, the HID goID platform creates a brand-new category for mobile citizen IDs. Governments around the world already rely on HID Global for major programs, such as the US Green Card, Irish Passport data page, Angola National ID and more; HID goID lays the foundation for HID Global to lead the evolution to mobile IDs as well.” Power of mobile ID Seos technology has already demonstrated the transformational power of mobile IDs in numerous applications, from accessing offices and hotel rooms to data and cloud apps. There is also growing demand for the equivalent of a digital wallet with multiple identities for different scenarios. A Zogby Analytics poll of 18- to 34-year-old smartphone owners revealed that 39 percent would like to verify their identity with a digital ID instead of a driver’s licence. HID Global is now engaging with national governments and state and provincial driver’s licence agencies about the possibility of launching goID pilots that will explore each jurisdiction’s specific platform deployment objectives and requirements. The solution will eliminate the need for people to stand in line for new cards and renewals. Key focus areas include preventing fraud through authentication over secure channels; optimising flexibility for online authentication if a citizen’s smartphone battery dies; simplifying issuance through over-the-air provisioning as already proven at universities, banks, hotels, hospitals and other institutions leveraging Seos technology; and protecting privacy by utilising a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection so users can electronically present their credentials without physically relinquishing their smartphones. Save
HID Global’s OSM Multitech cards can be used for applications ranging from national and resident alien IDs to health benefits and public welfare HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, announced one of the world’s most secure citizen ID cards, featuring technologies that have been proven in its customers’ award-winning national passport and other government ID programmes, such as the Irish Passport Card. Extending the benefits of its widely issued Optical Secure Media (OSM) card, the company has created an OSM Multitech card that is one of the most secure citizen ID cards on the market. Secure citizen identification “Our OSM cards have set the standard for combining visual, digital and physical security while delivering the highest levels of card durability,” said Rob Haslam, VP and Managing Director, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “There has been no known instance of a successful attempt to compromise OSM technology’s digital security, and now we’re helping to fuel the future of even more secure citizen identification by including a contactless RFID microcontroller chip into these proven OSM cards.” To maximise the security of HID Global’s OSM Multitech card, issuers can laser-engrave information on its front side, engrave and encode identity information in the OSM stripe on the card’s back side, and encode identity information on the microcontroller chip inside the card. Integrating the RFID chip into a standard-sized OSM card is a major milestone that was made possible with HID Global’s ultra-thin PC ePre-laminate product, which minimises the footprint of the RFID chip and antenna using the company’s DBond technology. Unique anti-crack technology also extends the durability of the card, which is initially available with an NXP P60D080 RFID chip. The company plans to offer additional RFID chip options in the future. Secure laser personalisation HID Global’s OSM Multitech cards can be used for applications ranging from national and resident alien IDs to health benefit, public welfare, and social security cards, as well as driver’s licences, gun permits and a wide range of other identification cards. The cards are the cornerstone of a complete, end-to-end government ID solution offered by HID Global, including its highly secure laser personalisation equipment, software solutions, security printing plus software and professional services and training. The new Multitech card’s OSM, DBond and other technologies have been proven in numerous high-profile national ID programs, including the award-winning Irish Passport Card, as well as programmes in Saudi Arabia, Angola, and the U.S. The Irish Passport Card is the first and only passport card deployed in Europe for border crossing and has been recognised for its innovative design. Save
HID’s eID credential facility in Ireland creates high-security access and identification-related products HID Global, a provider secure identity solutions, announced that it has obtained re-certification to Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 6 (EAL6) site certification for its Galway, Ireland manufacturing facility from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). With this updated certification, HID Global is now certified to include OS loading onto flash memory chips. “By being certified for OS loading onto Flash Memory Products, HID Global can even better meet customer expectations for faster delivery times. The process reduces the time-consuming step of packaging chips into modules,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President and Managing Director, Government ID business with HID Global. “This increases the competitive advantage for HID Global and extends the service available to our customers.” Electronic ID credential facility The company’s Ireland manufacturing centre is a high-security, state-of-the-art electronic ID (eID) credential facility that creates products for access and identification-related applications such as electronic passports as well as contactless IDs and access cards. The EAL6 site certificate covers the HID Global’s initialisation and production environments and processes for personal e-ID products, including RFID inlays for datapages, e-passports and contactless national ID cards. Common Criteria specifications Common Criteria is an internationally approved set of rigorous security standards that ensures a clear and reliable evaluation of the security capabilities of information technology products for government customers. Site certificates from BSI are accepted in all countries following the Common Criteria specifications. The Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL1 through EAL7) of an IT product or system is a numerical grade assigned following the completion of a Common Criteria security evaluation. The increasing assurance levels reflect added assurance requirements that must be met to achieve Common Criteria certification and the intent of the higher levels is to provide higher confidence that the system's principal security features are reliably implemented. Save
IAI expands HID Global’s portfolio of card printing/encoding solutions with centralised card personalisation equipment HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced that parent company ASSA ABLOY has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IAI industrial systems B.V. (“IAI”), a leading provider of high-quality personalisation solutions for identity documents, from its parent company DOCDATA N.V. The acquisition will bring together highly complementary offerings for government-to-citizen and other identification solutions, while positioning HID Global for overall growth and innovation in the high-volume document personalisation market. Expanding presence in government-to-citizen ID sector Globally renowned for quality and precision, IAI is a high-tech engineering company that has delivered personalisation equipment and security features for passports and identity cards to governments and integrators around the world since 1990. IAI expands HID Global’s portfolio of card printing/encoding solutions with the addition of centralised card personalisation equipment and passport personalisation capabilities for the delivery of end-to-end citizen identity solutions. “Our acquisition of IAI addresses the growing demand for secure citizen identification for government organisations around the world,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “With this acquisition, we are able to expand HID Global’s market presence in the government-to-citizen ID space and other markets as well as further extend the IAI technology as part of our commitment to provide innovative solutions that enhance customer value. Customers who are seeking greater control of the card personalization process will benefit from the options that HID Global is now uniquely positioned to deliver.” High-security citizen IDs and passports CEO of DOCDATA N.V.Michiel Alting von Geusau said, “Our customers are continually striving to stay ahead of the counterfeiters and enhance the security of their passports and identity cards. The combination of IAI’s personalisation equipment with HID Global’s best-in-class identity documents and solutions will enable customers to create high-security citizen IDs and passports, which will help protect the identities of citizens in an increasingly challenging world environment.” The acquisition also includes FEHA LaserTec GmbH, a subsidiary of IAI. IAI is headquartered in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, where it will continue to maintain its operations. The company’s products will be sold under the IAI brand for the foreseeable future. The acquisition transaction is expected to close in Q4 2015. HID Global’s government ID business provides highly secure, custom citizen ID solutions to governments worldwide. The company has shipped more than 150 million RFID products in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, e-passport, foreign resident ID, worker ID, driver’s license and vehicle registration programmes worldwide. Rob Haslam, Vice President of Government ID Solutions, is responsible for the strategic development and worldwide expansion of HID Global’s citizen ID business.
The $88.3 million agreement extends a nearly two-decade relationship with the U.S. government for another five years HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has received an order from the U.S. government for the redesign, manufacture and supply of the country’s Permanent Resident Card– commonly known as the “Green Card.” The $88.3 million agreement marks the company’s largest government contract to date, extending a nearly two-decade relationship for another five years. The agreement expands production to include the manufacture and supply of additional government documents that will be enhanced with RFID technology for improved fraud protection. Secure production and storage “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the U.S. government and are committed to delivering a new generation of the U.S. Green Card along with new high-security employment documents for them in the years to come,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “This contract award proves anew that HID Global has been and will continue to be the country’s preeminent supplier of secure government ID document solutions through four successive generations of U.S. Green Cards and beyond.” HID Global will be responsible for the secure production, delivery and storage of up to 34 million identity cards over the next five years. More than 10 million of HID Global’s first-generation multi-technology eID cards have been issued as Green Cards since 2010, with more than 32 million of the company’s first-generation Green Cards issued since 1997. HID Global will also play a pivotal role in helping to upgrade today’s U.S. Employment Authorisation Documents (EAD) by supplying cards featuring RFID technology and new, fraud-resistant security features. These advanced documents, which serve as evidence of authorisation to be employed in the United States, will be issued to individuals as they apply for new, renewal or replacement PRC and EAD cards.
The companies are providing enrolment via mobile app, ICAO-compliant smart cards and production management International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Eleventh Symposium and Exhibition – DLRS Limited, the leading security printing company in Ireland, recently announced the successful roll-out of the Irish Passport Card. End-to-end secure identity solution DLRS Limited joined forces with HID Global® Ireland Teoranta, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, together with Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod, to implement the Irish Passport Card project. Working together, the companies are providing an end-to-end solution including enrolment via mobile app, highly secure ICAO-compliant smart cards, card personalisation and production management. "The introduction of the passport card is a significant innovation that will enhance the travel experience for Irish people as they go on holidays or business trips to 30 countries throughout Europe,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, speaking at the card’s launch in Dublin on Monday 5/10/15.” DLRS, a leader in security printing, is the prime contractor for the project. Additionally, DLRS provided the security design, App development and security numbering alongside its partners HID Global, Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod. State-of the-art passport card solution “We have delivered a state-of the-art Passport Card solution, which leads the way in secure MRTD deployment and further demonstrates that Ireland is at the cutting edge of innovation in the technological arena,” said David O’Connor, Sales Director, DLRS. The Passport Card enrolment process relies on cutting-edge technology that adheres to the highest levels of security. This process allows users to submit a passport-compliant photo taken on mobile phones or upload a suitable photo to the website, where advanced biometric algorithms test each one to ensure ICAO standards are reached. Once all verification checks have been achieved, the user can pay their fees through the secure Elavon payment gateway (powered by Realex Payments). Feature-rich Irish passport card The new Irish Passport Card is a highly sophisticated secure polycarbonate card with embedded hologram, crack prevention and DBondTM technology, supplied by HID Global in Galway, Ireland. “We are proud to extend our partnership with DLRS to deliver this ground-breaking solution to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the citizens of Ireland.” said Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions for HID Global. “The Irish Passport Card heralds a new standard in security and durability for smart cards. This bespoke implementation of our OSM multi-tech technology, combined with the unique design and mobile applications, make this a truly exceptional credential programme.”
There is a growing demand for advancedelectronic ID credentials to improve citizenexperience and maintaining security levels HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, will showcase the mobile ID experience on smartphones and share its latest innovations in thin secure polycarbonate e-passport datapages at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTD) Conference, October 14th through 16th, 2015, in Montreal. HID Global executives will be featured speakers at the conference. HID Global will display its broad offering of government credentials and citizen ID solutions in Booth #2 at the conference, with a special focus on ICAO compliance challenges and how to meet them. The highlight is a thin polycarbonate electronic datapage at the heart of today’s high-security e-passports. HID Global’s new datapages are among the industry’s thinnest, which reduces e-passport thickness, provides increased flexibility, or provides the additional room needed to add more security features on both sides of the datapage to prevent duplication while still complying with ICAO standards. “We’re seeing a growing global demand for more advanced electronic ID credentials as governments look to improve the citizen experience while maintaining the highest levels of security through ICAO compliance,” said Joseph Pearson, Vice President of Government ID Solutions Sales, North America with HID Global. “As an industry leader in secure identity solutions, we find that conferences such as ICAO provide us with the excellent opportunity to share the latest advancements in our ICAO-compliant datapage offerings for thinner and more flexible e-passport documents. ICAO is also an ideal venue for showcasing to attendees the latest evolution in mobile identity for smartphones.” HID Global executives will also be featured speakers in two sessions at the ICAO conference: “Change is coming: Virtualisation and Travel Documents.” Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions with HID Global, will highlight important principles that are driving policy discussion and development so that mobile driver licenses and other mobile government identities will meet the needs of users, issuing agencies, law enforcement, and other stakeholders who rely on secure IDs for a wide range of purposes. Tuesday, 13th October, 2015, during the welcome reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. "What governments want: Developments in durability, datapage solutions and beyond." Jorge Castrillo, senior sales director of Government ID Solutions with HID Global, will describe the key secure polycarbonate electronic datapage attributes required to meet the needs posed by rapid growth in the demand for e-passports and e-IDs made from these materials. Thursday, 15th October, 2015, from 10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. during the solutions oriented workshop.
HID datapages are available with a choice of contactless e-passport integrated circuits (ICs) from leading chip suppliers HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has extended its family of secure polycarbonate (PC) electronic datapages that are the heart of today’s high-security e-passports. Available in both standard (800µm) thin (600µm) versions, the datapages are among the industry’s thinnest and enable governments to issue slimmer e-passports or add security layers on each datapage side to make them virtually impossible to forge. Crack Prevention The company’s thin datapages include its patented crack-prevention feature that extends datapage life when incorporating RFID chips. Security is enhanced through HID Global’s proven counterfeit-resistant hinge technology plus a choice of additional security features, such as laser engraving to reduce incidents of tampering and fraud. Easily customised with unique antenna designs, the datapages are available with a choice of contactless e-passport integrated circuits (ICs) from leading chip suppliers. They also support all passport manufacturing equipment and other formats, upon request. Datapage artwork can be customised for local, regional and national design requirements. “As the leading independent provider of complete secure contactless polycarbonate datapages, HID Global is committed to giving governments the most secure datapage options possible for their e-passport programs,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “E-passport demand continues to grow and we are now one of the few suppliers in the world to now offer a thin datapage along with everything else required for a complete solution that ensures the best possible experience for travellers carrying identification documents.” The e-passport & e-visa market research According to market research firm Technavio, the global e-passport and e-visa market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.17 percent from 2014 to 2019. Unlike traditional passports, e-passports include an IC housed in the back cover or in the datapage. Data stored on this IC is also visually displayed on the passport’s datapage, and the two are compared with each other and the traveller for secure identification. Secure contactless smart card technology protects citizens’ personal information and provides increased security for the passport document, with multiple security layers on each side of the datapage for optimum protection against duplication. ICAO standards HID Global datapages fully comply with ICAO standards and have recently been recognised for their valuable benefits in the award-winning Irish e-passport programme. The only supplier to create a complete solution in-house including inlays, HID Global also offers the industry’s highest levels of datapage configuration flexibility, integration options and customisation capabilities to meet unique needs, supported by a broad range of design services. Featured at ICAO MRTD Symposium HID Global will be showcasing its new thin datapages at the ICAO MRTD Symposium, October 14 through 16, 2015 in Montreal at Booth #2.
HID will discuss critical ID programme concerns for provisioning mobile driver licences on smartphones at the eID conference HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, will be discussing critical ID programme concerns for provisioning mobile driver licences onto citizens’ smartphones at the eID Conference (Sept 28 -29) in Washington D.C. The company will highlight important principles that will drive policy discussion and development so that these mobile driver licences and other mobile government identities will meet the needs of users, issuing agencies, law enforcement, and other stakeholders who rely on secure IDs for a wide range of purposes. “Smartphones have empowered consumers to do so many things, from gaining secure access into their offices and hotel rooms, making retail purchases and displaying their airline boarding passes, to presenting tickets for events and entering their homes,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “For the individual, the smartphone is becoming a single all-purpose tool, and many want the option to use the smartphone instead of carrying a physical driver’s licence or identification card, even if the physical document is still kept at home.” HID Global mobile access solutions powered by Seos HID Global’s breakthrough Seos® credential technology, on which its mobile driver licence concept is built, powers secure identity solutions and represents a new way of thinking about end-user experiences and their mobile devices. This technology has already enabled organisations, universities and hotel chains to securely provision IDs to mobile phones and other smart devices for accessing offices, hotel rooms, data and cloud apps, along with a growing range of extended applications that will soon include mobile driver licences and government IDs. HID Global will draw on its mobile ID experience as it shares with eID attendees the key policy principles that it believes are critical for leveraging the convenience and power of mobile devices to deliver secure, authenticated digital identities to citizens as a new, more convenient way to issue, carry and present driver licences and other government credentials. These key principles include: Voluntarily mobile – access to a citizen’s driver licence should only be possible by some intended action on the citizen’s part. Interoperable – a mobile driver licence solution should be able to work with the major smartphone operating systems, throughout the North American continent. Secure – mobile driver licences should be provisioned using a strong standards-based cryptography platform so that citizen’s data only can be viewed by the intended authenticating smartphone. Private – citizens should never be asked to hand over their smartphones and should have the option to release only the information required for a specific transaction. Any deployment of a mobile citizen ID should address the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs). Remote capable – even in remote areas, a mobile driver licence should be securely available to citizens. Always available –when a citizen’s smartphone is inoperable (i.e., because of a dead battery or other issue), it should be possible to securely access a citizen's driver licence. A pioneer in mobile ID, HID Global partnered with Arizona State University to complete the world’s first university pilot of Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones carrying mobile IDs in 2011. Followed by successful pilots at Netflix, Vanderbilt University and elsewhere, HID commercially launched HID Mobile Access® powered by Seos in 2015. HID Global and its parent company ASSA ABLOY have since worked with Starwood Hotels to create the world’s first keyless hotel experience. Powered by Seos, Starwood’s new SPG Keyless program allows hotel guests to bypass the front desk and unlock their room doors using their mobile phones at over 150 hotels around the world. HID Government ID solutions HID Global is now combining its innovative mobile access solutions with its unparalleled services, solutions and expertise across all aspects of the federal government and citizen identification markets to create secure and convenient solutions for carrying driver licences and other government IDs on mobile phones. HID Global will display its latest Government ID solutions in Booth #S4 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., Sept 28 – 29, 2015. A mobile driver licence demonstration will be available by invitation.
HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced an ultra-thin Polycarbonate (PC) ePrelaminate inlay for electronic ID (e-ID) cards that is more than 30 percent thinner than alternatives. The new offering is the first HID Global inlay to use its patented HID direct bonding platform technology, which is available for high frequency (HF) systems. NXP Semiconductors is HID Global’s first qualified partner supplying IC chips for this product. Direct bonding technology HID Global’s new inlay takes advantage of its proven process of directly bonding chips to wire-embedded air-coil antennae for low-frequency animal ID and automotive applications, without the bulk of added modules. The company has successfully leveraged its direct bonding technology for HF applications, enabling manufacturers to develop the smallest HF formats available in the market while delivering uncompromised performance. By using this method in its new ultra-thin inlays, HID Global is providing smart cards with a durable and reliable connection between the card’s intelligence – the IC chip – and its antennae. “With this new ultra-thin inlay, we continue to extend the unique capabilities of our government solutions while offering smart card manufacturers around the world the ability to extend the range of products they can offer their customers,” said Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions for HID Global. “This is also representative of the strong collaboration between HID Global and NXP, who share the mutual goal of assuring the best inlay quality and reliability for secure, long-lasting smart cards.” Flexibility in card construction In addition, the thinner inlay offers e-ID and smart card manufacturers more flexibility in card construction. The narrow dimensions of HID Global’s ultra-thin inlays – 200 microns instead of the typical 350 microns – provide manufacturers with room to add more security features on both sides of an e-ID card during construction, while still complying with international ISO thickness standards. “This is an important step in our shared goal of offering smart card manufacturers the thinnest, most durable, reliable and flexible inlay solutions possible for today’s space-restricted high-frequency smart card solutions,” said Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager, Secure Identification Solutions, NXP Semiconductors. “Working with an innovative company like HID Global ensures our market leading secure microcontrollers are available in versatile form factors for use in a wide range of smart card applications.” NXP Semiconductors successfully qualified its SmartMX2 P60D080 secure microcontroller IC for inclusion in HID Global’s new ultra-thin PC e-Prelaminate inlay that adapts well to the HID direct bonding technology. Additionally, the companies partnered to create a special Megabump design to elevate the benefits of the direct bonding process (patent pending) and offer customers a solution that can be applied to many ID card applications.
Company will also showcase products including its highly flexible e-passport data page offering HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, will be showcasing its broad offering of citizen ID solutions at Secure Document World 2015. The company will raise the curtain on a new era of government ID programs with the first demonstration of provisioning secure citizen ID credentials to smartphones. It will also showcase products including its highly flexible e-passport data page offering. HID Global’s demonstrations at event HID Global will demonstrate its solutions in Booth #F11 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, U.K., June 9 – 11, 2015. Demonstrations include: Citizen IDs on smart phones: HID Global is demonstrating how its Seos® technology can enable citizens to carry government IDs on their smartphones and other mobile devices. The new offering builds on HID Global's leadership in secure mobile ID provisioning and the management platforms already deployed in other arenas such as education and hospitality, most notably with the industry-leading Starwood SPG KeylessTM hotel entry system from HID and its parent company ASSA ABLOY. Complete polycarbonate data page offering: HID Global will display its highly customisable data page offering, the leading solution for governments that want maximum flexibility for tailoring their e-passport programs to specific national needs. Proven in the award-winning Irish e-passport program, the data pages include inlays, durable and counterfeit-resistant hinge technology, and a unique crack prevention feature. Executives from the company and its partner, Botosoft, will also be featured speakers during the conference. HID Global presentations include: “Mobilised and Ready: Virtual IDs are Coming,” HID Global Vice President of Government ID Solutions Rob Haslam will look at the specialised needs of governments that want to offer their citizens secure credentials for smartphones that can co-exist with physical documents to deliver end-to-end security and privacy, on Thursday, June 11, at 14:45 – 15:10 p.m. in the Churchill Auditorium on the ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. “The West Africa Examinations Council Student Mobile ID System,” Femi Agoro, Director of Botosoft of Lagos, Nigeria, will share details of this successful program to securely authenticate, record and monitor student identities and exam results using secure handheld mobile readers, on Wednesday, June 10 at 14:40 – 15:05 p.m. in the Churchill Auditorium.
HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, continues to strengthen its position as the leading independent supplier of complete secure contactless polycarbonate datapages. The company’s solution is the most robust in the industry, supports the highest levels of customisation to meet unique needs, and has been recognised for its valuable benefits in the award-winning Irish e-passport programme. As industry consolidation in the polycarbonate datapage segment steadily reduces e-passport system integration options for governments, HID Global has emerged as the leading choice for those that want maximum datapage configuration flexibility and industry leading design services. “Governments want travel documents that deliver optimum security while creating a satisfying experience for passport holders, and this requires broad integration options and datapage design capability,” said Robert Haslam, Vice President of Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “Our datapage delivers the key elements of durability, flexibility and security, is proven in the field, and incorporates our latest innovative technologies.” Full compliance with ICAO standards HID Global offers contactless polycarbonate datapages in full compliance with ICAO standards, and is the only supplier to create a complete solution in-house, including inlays. Key elements include a durable and counterfeit-resistant hinge technology, and a patented crack prevention feature that has been proven to enhance the longevity and durability of datapages with embedded RFID chips. HID Global also helps customers create secure datapage artwork to reflect their specific needs, and provides additional design customisation options to support other local, regional and national design requirements. The polycarbonate datapage HID Global created for the Irish e-passport programme combines the latest security technology with selected imagery that represents the culture, history and people of the nation. The e-passport was also named the Regional ID Document of the Year in 2014 at the High Security Printing Conference. HID Global also managed the changes to the personalisation software for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Future datapage offerings will also include HID Global’s innovative direct-bonded ultra-thin inlay, which enables either a thinner datapage or additional layers of security on both sides of the datapage.
HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced it has successfully launched a mobile student ID system in collaboration with Botosoft, the leading provider of technologies in Africa, to help the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) combat student identity fraud in Nigeria. Every year, beginning in the spring, more than 2.2 million students will register online and receive machine-readable Genuine HID® smart cards. Mobile readers validate new student ID cards instantly. Address the requirements of WAEC “The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body,” said Mr. Charles Eguridu, WAEC Head of National Office Lagos. “We turned to Botosoft and HID Global to develop an electronic student ID card program that could address the high-volume issuance requirements of WAEC in a very aggressive timeframe as well as our overall need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams.” To facilitate improvements in the annual examinations, WAEC teamed with Lagos-based Botosoft and HID Global to assist with the development and deployment of a secure card issuance and mobile student ID system, ultimately allowing WAEC to meet and exceed its security needs on budget. The use of handheld mobile readers eliminates identity fraud; allows examiners to verify student attendance; and enables them to manage challenges around examination rules violations in real-time. The mobile reader application also saves hundreds of hours of manual data entry and eliminates errors. The time saved allows the examiners to concentrate on the importance of the day as they can be confident that the students are already authenticated for the exam in question. Botosoft, Chairman comments “Our goal is to make the lives of the Nigerian people better,” said Babatope M. Agbeyo, Chairman, Botosoft. “By partnering with HID Global, we have been able to help WAEC achieve its goal to maintain the integrity of the examinations process. In 2014, we helped register and validate more than 2.2 million students at examination centers across Nigeria using 15,000 custom mobile readers.” HID Global leveraged its government ID expertise and offerings to deliver a customised solution to accept the raw data from the WAEC online enrollment process, validate the information and prepare it for use in personalising the cards in Botosoft’s facility. The turnkey software and hardware solution included 48 HID Global FARGO®DTC4500 and DTC4500e ID card printers / encoders with a combined capacity of more than 65,000 cards per day. Additionally, HID Global assisted with the card design and development of the mobile reader application software used in the mobile readers. Once issued, Botosoft’s Candidates Identity Verification, Attendance, Malpractice and Post-Examinations Management System (CIVAMPEMS) ensures effective administration of the “Exam Day” process. Vice President, HID comments “Education in emerging countries is critical to the development of our youth and a key to Nigeria’s future. We are excited to be at the forefront of the mobile ID market, and to be instrumental in bolstering faith in the qualifications that legitimate candidates work so hard to achieve,” said Rob Haslam, vice president, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “Innovations in mobile ID technologies are allowing us to meet the unique ID needs of our customers, especially those in developing countries where mobile technologies have leapfrogged more traditional technology infrastructures. Working together with Botosoft, we were able to build and deliver a secure and affordable solution to meet WAEC’s stringent requirements.” The West African Examinations Council Electronic Student ID Card was recently named a finalist in the prestigious International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) Élan Awards 2015.
HID Global joined forces with DLRS and X INFOTECH to design the new Irish e-passports HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced that the newly designed Irish electronic passport (e-passport) has won the Regional ID Document of the Year Award 2014 at the annual High Security Printing Conference in Milan. HID Global joined forces with DLRS Group (prime), and X INFOTECHto design and produce the new Irish e-passports. The award was presented to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. The Regional ID Document of the Year award aims to promote the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme. In presenting the award the conference organisers, Reconnaissance International, recognised the pioneering use of many new high security printing technologies and techniques by the consortium led by DLRS, HID Global and X INFOTECH. “We are delighted that the newly designed Irish e-passport has gained international recognition,” said Joe Nugent, Director of Passport Services, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. “Not only does our new passport use the latest security technologies to protect citizens’ identities but the use of images depicting Irish culture and landscapes has created a sense of pride among our citizens.” The new Irish e-passport is both more attractive and secure than its predecessor and combines the latest security technology with selected imagery that represents the culture, history and people of Ireland. Prime for both security and Irish culture is the image of the Bru na Boinne stone printed using SPARK colour shifting ink technology. Another feature involves images situated on the edge of each pair of pages – when the pages are partially bent for the edges to be side by side, the two images form a complete image. The new passport also features poems from three of Ireland’s best-known poets – Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, William Butler Yeats, and James Orr. "Not only does our new passport use the latest security technologiesto protect citizens’ identities but the use of images depicting Irish culture and landscapes has created a sense of pride among our citizens" “DLRS is proud to have led the team that created the document that won this prestigious award,” said David O’Connor, Sales Director, DLRS. “Our goal was to deliver a secure and flexible e-passport solution within the budget and timeline set by the Irish government. I am happy to report we exceeded our goal not only meeting time and budget parameters but creating one of the most secure and visually appealing e-passport designs to date.” The cost of the new passports is nearly half that of their predecessors, which will result in annual savings of 4 million Euros. The award was accepted by Fiona Penollar of the Irish Passport Office as well as Joseph Callaghan and William Byrne of DLRS. “We would like to congratulate Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and DLRS for winning this international award,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President Government ID Solutions, HID Global. “We are proud our polycarbonate data-page technology played a part in helping to achieve the award-winning design.”