911.1M government ID documents to be shipped by 2018: Frost

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found that the unit shipment of government ID documents stood at 459.6 million in 2013 and is expected to reach 911.1 million by 2018. Many of these ID documents typically include biometric data. The new research, Government ID: A Fragmented and Competitive Market, covers e-Passports, e-Health cards, eIDs, drivers’ licenses and other electronic documents. The new report is a part of Frost & Sullivan’s Smart Cards Growth Partnership Service program. “International regulations for travelers

SuperCom reports new orders, worth more than $4M

SuperCom has announced that it has received new orders totaling more than $4 million. The company, which specializes in eID security systems and electronic monitoring, expects to deliver these orders in the first half of 2014. “I am very pleased with these new orders as it represents the realization and the potential in our proposals and bids pipe line,” Arie Trabelsi, CEO of SuperCom said. “It also underscores the outstanding cooperation and the smooth integration that the newly acquired SmartID division

Infineon says Q1 2014 earnings better than expected

Infineon has just announced its results for the first quarter of 2014. “Infineon has made a good start into the new fiscal year,” Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies said. “Earnings were better than expected, benefittingfrom the efficiency measures undertaken at our manufacturing facilities. Good order intake and positive forecasts for the global economy underpin our outlook: Infineon is poisted to profitably grow in 2014.” Specifically, the company has reported revenue for the period reached €984 million, though revenue for the

Infineon to supply security controllers for Slovakian eID cards

Infineon has announced that its security controllers have been selected for a deployment of eID cards in the Slovak Republic. According to the company, 20 of the 35 countries around the world that have introduced eIDs with online functions are in Europe. More than 70 percent of these European deployments include technology from Infineon. According to EUROSMART, the international association of the smart card industry, a total of more than 150 million eID cards with an online feature had been issued in

South African smart ID card applications to start soon

South African pensioners born in January will be the first able to sign up and register for smart ID cards, as the country begins to roll out its new national identity management project. Reported in Sowetan Live, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor made the announcement in Johannesburg earlier this week. “Our intention is to issue at least 100,000 smart cards by 31 March,” she said. The new Smart ID Card will replace existing civic and immigration identity systems and will

Cambodia introducing eIDs

Cambodia has just added itself to the growing list of countries looking to introduce some sort of electronic ID card to its citizens. According to a report in Bernama.com, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior recently announced that as many as 2.2 million Cambodians have already received the new ID cards in the first phase of issuance, and another 5.5 million will get the new IDs soon.   As of yet, its unclear which company is

Giesecke & Devrient nabs contract for Iraqi eID cards

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

Azerbaijan issues biometric passports from Trüb AG

President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev has been issued the country’s very first biometric passport, in line with a new state program on establishing biometric identification. Equipment and parts for the new passports have been supplied by Trüb AG. Reported in APA, the new biometric passports are now being issued and the time that citizens obtain them is based on state taxes. The new passports contain facial data, as well as finger and palm prints of passport holders. According to a

Valid USA acquires ScreenCheck North America

Valid USA  has announced its acquisition of ScreenCheck North America (SCNA), the licensee for Polaroid identification and security products, which also offers biometric capture solutions. The financial terms of this deal have not been disclosed. “SCNA brings specialized knowledge and experience to our expanding Identification Systems business in government, campus, healthcare and education applications,” James Marsh, Vice President of Identification Systems, Valid USA said. “Their recently developed software is highly configurable, fast to deliver and economical to operate, maintain and upgrade.

Kosovo contracts Giesecke & Devrient for biometric smart ID cards

Giesecke & Devrient will manufacture Kosovo’s new smart ID cards, which will contain biometric data and support ICAO and EU standards. “In issuing contactless smart ID cards, the Republic of Kosovo is following the German model – giving its citizens a highly secure, multifunctional document featuring cutting-edge technology,” Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Head of the Government Solutions business unit at G&D said. “In addition to offering the highest levels of security and convenience, the new card paves the way for Kosovars to