Giesecke & Devrient nabs contract for Iraqi eID cards

October 31, 2013 - 

Giesecke & Devrient has been awarded a contract to provide and end-to-end solution for an eID card in Iraq.

This is the second recent contract for G&D in Iraq, as earlier this year, the company announced that it will produce electronic passports in the Middle Eastern country.

As a general contractor for this project, G&D is set to provide smart cards, the personalization system, IT and data acquisition infrastructure as well as associated services, which includes technical support and maintenance. The financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but it has a minimum term of five years.

“After the award of contract for new passports announced recently, this is the second contract where we will work in partnership with the Iraqi government to provide security-related systems for modernizing public administration. These contracts not only confirm our technological leadership in providing security solutions to international governments, but also our expertise as a provider of complete turnkey solutions,” Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Head of the Government Solutions division at G&D said.

According to the company, the contactless ID smart card includes the option to integrate a variety of biometric features stored locally on a chip embedded in the card.

Giesecke & Devrient will set up around 2,500 data acquisition stations as well as 25 regional personalization centers across the country. The launch of this new electronic personal ID card will also be used as the basis for the planned digitization of the national population register.

Reported previously, according to recently-published research, Giesecke and Devrient, along with Gemalto, Morpho and Oberthur technologies are currently dominating the market for ePassports.  

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