Gemalto to provide digital ID solution for the Swedish tax agency

February 1, 2017 - 

Gemalto has been awarded a multi-year contract with Swedish tax agency Skatteverketto in which it will provide its eGov authentication platform for online services, premium polycarbonate eID cards and a comprehensive enrollment and issuance solution.

The electronic ID card, which provides official proof of identity and access to several government services, can be issued to all Swedish and non-Swedish residents.

In the future, Gemalto will develop a secure digital identity that will enable users to also access online services of Skatteverket and other Swedish authorities, with eGov enabling strong authentication.

Gemalto will soon begin supplying and personalizing the ID cards in early 2017 for at least a five-year period.

Since the cards were introduced in 2009, the demand has been steadily increasing, the company said.

Card applicants will be able to provide their signature and be photographed at one of Skatteverketto’s 27 nationwide offices which will feature Gemalto’s more than 80 enrollment kiosks and desktop stations.

The smart card contains a second certificate located on the chip of the card, which allows for an authentic electronic signature to be applied to electronic documents.

After entering their electronic ID card into the kiosk or desktop station, citizens can then confirm the approval in a window which will then generate a unique document signature.

The information will be transmitted directly and securely to Gemalto for card issuance, while the personalized cards will be distributed via a network of 38 offices.

Gemalto is also providing the tax agency with smart card readers in an effort to support end users accessing government and financial institutions’ services online.

“By using our cloud-based eGov platform to securely authenticate citizens online, the interaction with authorities will be simplified,” said Tommi Nordberg, senior vice president of government programs at Gemalto. “As a result we can offer extended support to Skatteverket`s digital identity scheme and end users, and encourage greater use of the eID cards online.”

Previously reported, Gemalto announced that its ID Verification solution won the ACT Canada IVIE Award in the “Privacy by Design” category.

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