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Zetes awarded contract for Senegalese biometric visas


The Société nationale d’édition de documents administratifs et d’identification du Sénégal (SNEDAI) has awarded European system integrator Zetes a contract to produce the Senegalese biometric visa.

The long term “People ID” project entails 66 fixed enrolment stations to embassies, consulates and Senegalese border posts. In addition, Zetes has also been tasked with data consolidation and AFIS deduplication based on the gathered biometric and biographic data.

The contract is set to last five years and will produce an estimated 300,000 visas each year.

Zetes’ contract has been awarded in accordance with the principle of visa reciprocity, announced by the Senegalese authorities in early January 2013. The documents produced by Zetes will be made to meet the quality standards required for Schengen visas.

According to the company, biometric enrolment entails fingerprints, as well as a digital signature. An online payment solution will also be creating and will allow applicants to order and pay for visas directly from the SNEDAI website.

“We are delighted to have a further opportunity to work with the SNEDAI on this project. Once again this allows us to highlight the complementary nature of Zetes’ business interests,” Alain WIrtz, Zetes CEO said. “Firstly, our production site for industrial identification machines, located in Belgium, will create and produce enrolment stations and secondly, our FasTrace division is providing the online registration solution. Working in this way enables us to provide real added value to customers by ensuring full control over their solution and the guarantee of high quality.”


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