Category Archives: Projects

Ireland – Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two

By | February 24, 2018

THE STATE HAS launched a tender for the production of the next round of Public Service Cards (PSC). The controversial card, which was first introduced in 2012 for accessing certain social welfare payments but has now been expanded as a requirement for many other services, currently has a seven-year lifespan. Now, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social… Read More »

Ukraine sees record demand for biometric passports amid visa-free regime with EU

By | February 23, 2018

KIEV, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — The demand for biometric passports in Ukraine hit a record-high in 2017 due to the introduction of the visa-free regime with the European Union (EU), official data showed Friday. The State Migration Service said in a report it has issued about 4.033 million biometric passports last year compared with 1.509 million in 2016.… Read More »

Malta – 400,000th biometric passport issued

By | February 22, 2018

Identity Malta has in recent days issued the 400,000th passport to Maltese citizens. It is calculated that by the end of this year each valid passport will be biometric. As a commemoration on this significant event, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Julia Farrugia presented a memento to Mrs Michelle Guisti who is the 400,000th person who applied to renew… Read More »

Kenya – IDs fitted with electronic chips in the pipeline: Interior Ministry

By | February 20, 2018

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Feb 20 –The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government is working on a roll-out of third generation identity cards in a move geared towards enhancing free movement of persons and regional trade. According to the outgoing Director of Immigration Services, Gordon Kihalangwa, the procurement process is underway and is expected to be completed by… Read More »

E-passports will be introduced by 2020 in Tanzania

By | February 19, 2018

By January 2020, East African Community e-passports will replace the old national document. It’s an attempt to facilitate trade between the five EAC member countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. E-passports characteristics Following the same steps as Kenya, Tanzania will introduce the electronic passport to its citizens in 2020. The new travel document will charge Tsh150,000 for… Read More »

Afghanistan – Paktia youth warn against sabotaging e-NICs process

By | February 19, 2018

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Youth Jirga from Loya Paktia has thrown its weight behind the issuance of electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs) and demanded legal action against those trying to sabotage the national process. Abdul Hakem Safi, head of the Youth Loya Jirga, told reporters in Kabul that if issued e-NICs would help reduce crimes, ensure transparent elections. He warned powerful… Read More »

Afghanistan – Electronic ID Cards Roll-Out To Start In Kabul Soon

By | February 16, 2018

The electronic National Identity Card department will start the issuance of the new ID cards in Kabul in the near future, head of the office, Rohullah Ahmadzai said.   The cards, he said, will include nationality and ethnicity information of the card holders.  He said President Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani and Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar… Read More »

Gambia – Government Restores Semlex Contract for ID Card Production

By | February 15, 2018

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadou, said Government has agreed to restore the 2016 contract of Semlex, to produce National Identity Cards. “After a whole year of consideration of this matter, culminating with the establishment of a Ministerial Task Force, we showed the seriousness with which this Government has taken up this issue. Government has… Read More »

Keeping track of foreigners in Thailand – new e-passport data to be used

By | February 14, 2018

The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the Kingdom. The order was given by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House. “The single platform… Read More »

Pakistan – Vehicle registration books to be replaced with ‘smart cards’

By | February 8, 2018

LAHORE: The Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Department is likely to launch automated vehicle registration cards by April, replacing the current registration books. The initiative would be piloted from Lahore in March and later no new book would be issued as they run out of stock. Subsequently motorists will be issued smart cards instead of registration books. The… Read More »

New identity cards to be issued by Greece

By | February 6, 2018

Greek authorities are closer to actualising the upgrade to citizen’s identity cards, ensuring they meet international security standards. There have been talks of an upgrade for years, with Greece required as a European Union member-state to overhaul its outdated system since 2000, and will see ID cards replaced with new ones featuring biometric data on a microchip. The… Read More »

Tanzanian President launches e-passport

By | January 31, 2018

Tanzanian President John Magufuli at a ceremony held in Dar es salaam on Wednesday launched a new e-passport for the country’s citizens.Speaking at the launch, Magufuli said it was high time the country digitalized its passports to ensure it does not fall in the wrong hands. Stressing that a lot of immigrants have been taking advantage of the… Read More »

Mobile payment with a digital credit card and girocard at German Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken

By | January 31, 2018

Munich/Wiesbaden (Germany), January 31, 2018 – In December 2017, the Cooperative Financial Network Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken in Germany started a “Family&Friends” pilot project for mobile payment via smartphones, using a digitized credit card or girocard (girocard being the most widely used payment card in Germany). This new mobile payment solution has been very well accepted, not only by the… Read More »

Tanzania Selects HID Global to Deliver e-Immigration Solution and Electronic Passports

By | January 31, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas, January 31, 2018 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme.  The new ePassport was unveiled publicly today as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end… Read More »

Mountain America Credit Union Becomes the First Financial Institution in USA to Trial Biometric Payment Cards

By | January 31, 2018

Mountain America Credit Union has recently announced to have partnered with VISA for the first North American trial of EMV Biometric Payment Cards. The trial, which is expected to begin late February, will be conducted among 130 key Mountain America and VISA US employees and will last for about 45 days. Mountain America will use dual interface EMV Biometric… Read More »

Solomon Islands – E-passports processing to resume

By | January 30, 2018

In a statement, the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration confirmed the arrival of the new E-Passport books. This came after the e-passports had run out in the  Immigration Department. “New e-passport books have arrived. “Our passport division will start printing passports by Wednesday,” the statement said. It added that the ministry also apologized for any inconvenience… Read More »

Taiwan – Stickers Unveiled to ‘Fix’ Taiwan Passport Debacle

By | January 30, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled a rectified image within Taiwan’s second-generation biometric passport on Jan. 24, following a row over a design error on one of the passport’s illustrations late last year. That design malfunction in December — in which the offending page showed the United States’ Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport… Read More »

Pakistan – PSP condemns NADRA’s delay in issuing ID cards

By | January 29, 2018

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Secretary General Raza Haroon on Monday condemned National Database Regulatory Authority’s (NADRA) delaying tactics regarding the issuance of National Identity Cards (NIC) to the citizens. He further stated that depriving the people of their NICs is a violation of the constitution, the rule of law and the fundamental rights. He also met with the… Read More »

1LINK Selects Gemalto PURE White-label EMV Technology For PayPak- Domestic Payment Scheme

By | January 29, 2018

Karachi,(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 29th Jan, 2018 ):1LINK, Pakistan’s largest payment processing body, announced its selection of Gemalto PURE white label payment technology for enabling “Chip and PIN” for its Domestic Payment Scheme, PayPak. The solution will enable 1LINK member banks to launch EMV-compliant contact and contactless cards, mobile payments, Host Card Emulator (HCE) and other digital services. This new… Read More »

Taiwan – Ministry accepts 100,000 fixed passports

By | January 24, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it has inspected and accepted 100,000 of 550,000 revised copies of the next-generation biometric passport, which is expected to be put back into circulation early next month at the latest. The Bureau of Consular Affairs accepted the 100,000 copies on Tuesday and is scheduled to inspect a second batch of 120,000… Read More »