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Zetes launches production of upgraded biometric eIDs in Belgium



Zetes has started developing new Belgian electronic ID cards for 25 pilot communities, the company announced at a press conference in Lokeren attended by the Minister, Pieter De Crem, the Ministry of the Interior.

The company has been responsible with manufacturing eIDs since 2003, and is currently partnering with Belgian authorities to upgrade the document for all residents by integrating security features.

Upgrades include adding a contact chip and a contactless chip so the document can be used to travel, making it easy to read at border crossings and compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards. The contact chip will improve online interaction with government authorities. There are plans for it include an electronic signature.

The new eIDs will include design elements to prevent counterfeiting, such as a photo that leverages both a perforation technique on the front and laser printing on the back. A very strong security feature, the company claims, is the photo placement in five different locations including on both chips.

The travel document will include two fingerprints, technique already used in passports.

The document cannot be reproduced. The eID production site holds advanced certifications including ISO 27001.

Through its ZetesConfidens division, which holds QTSP status (Qualified Trust Service Provider), Zetes will be responsible with issuing authentication and electronic signature certifications, in accordance with European eIDAS regulations.

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