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Safran announces 10 million eID cards delivered in Chile


Safran Identity & Security has reached the threshold of 10 million ID cards delivered in the Republic of Chile.

57 percent of the Chilean population now owns electronic identity cards to safeguard their identities and facilitate access to public online services. It is estimated that by 2022 almost all citizens of its 18+ million population will have a secure identity card.

Chile is one of over 50 countries in the world who has implemented this type of system.

Following a massive modernization program, Chile’s Civil Registry and Identification Service went live with its new national ID and passport infrastructure in September 2013. Safran is in charge of the deployment, providing end-to-end secure ID management and document production.

The Chilean eID card is based on a multi-biometric system comprised of an automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) and a facial recognition system. In addition, the document validation process uses two-factor biometric authentication (fingerprints and face recognition), adding greater accuracy and security, and avoiding duplication of person’s identity in the database.

“We have reached a symbolic milestone together with the Government of Chile, a flagship customer for Safran and pioneer in developing strong digital identities for its citizens,” commented Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, EVP of Safran Identity & Security’s Government Identity Solutions division. “Chile has raised the bar in terms of identity protection in Latin America and has laid a solid foundation to develop e-services which will benefit all Chileans. We are proud to be a part of this digital transformation in managing civil identities.”

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