Gemalto launches biometric identity management solution for foundational national systems

Gemalto (AKA Thales Digital Identity) is launching a new Identity Management System (IDMS) for governments to build biometric foundational identity systems with the latest identity verification techniques.

The system supports identification and authentication for secure access to online and offline services, and enables users to retain full control over their personal data, according to the announcement.

With more than a billion people around the world lacking official ID, including one in three children, international financial institutions and the UN are supporting digital ID initiatives in many countries. The mobile, biometrics-based registration capabilities of Gemalto’s IDMS enables authorities to reach remote and isolated areas, and bring people living in them into a fully integrated, end-to-end solution adaptable to existing identity schemes and capable of orchestrating interactions between systems.

“A unique legal ID is a basic human right that can unlock access to many more – including education, welfare and participation in the democratic process,” says Frédéric Trojani, senior vice president of Identity and Biometric Solutions for Thales. “Our Identity Management System leverages unrivalled experience in delivering Digital Identity solutions that empower citizens, defend their personal data, and ensure unhindered access to the rights and services.”

The foundational identity created with the IDMS can be used to issue digital and physical ID credentials, and for registration with different public bodies. Gemalto says it also provides citizens with assurances that their data will not be used for commercial gain.

Governments in the Philippines and Canada have recently tapped Gemalto to provide identity services for elections and civil and criminal identity checks, respectively.

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