Initiated in 2003, the BelPIC (Belgian Personal Identity Card Project) program has reached 100% of its population targets at the end of 2011.
The credit card-sized document is now the official ID document for Belgian citizens. According to the government, these eID cards are being used most frequently to access government services online.
Gemalto is supplying Zetes, the system integrator, with Sealys MultiApp
ID, the java-based operating system for ID and digital signature and
Sealys Laser-Secured Card, the Gemalto secure polycarbonate card
Belgian citizens can now use their eID cards to report crimes from an electronic terminal, directly over the Internet, to the federal police. Following successful feasibility studies, the first trials began in selected areas of Brussels in January 2007. In the first wave, crimes such as vandalism, shoplifting and bicycle thefts can be reported in just a few clicks.
The citizen reporting the crime is identified by his/her secure eID card. The process saves significant time compared to the traditional lengthy process of reporting crime at police stations, which takes an average of two hours.
The project will eventually be widened out to include other types of crime. The scheme is part of the Belgian government’s plan to simplify the country’s administrative processes
The identity card program
in Belgium - [PDF - 2mb ]
Also available in French [PDF - 2mb ] and in Spanish - [PDF - 2.8mb ]
Providing tangible services to citizens in Belgium.