eID card - eID programs


​​​​​​​Last updated 02 September 2017

Improving security, slashing ID fraud and identity theft and creating an infrastructure of trust for new on-line access are high on every government's agenda, with a call for greater security features and the necessary legislation to implement them.

Secure national ID cards

Secure national ID cards 

​Many countries are now upgrading their national documents and rolling out government issued IDs in the form of a credit card. 

These new documents are including high security printing features to deter fraud. 

Polycarbonate as a material of choice

Polycarbonate is an increasingly popular choice for many ID programs around the world, as it significantly enhances the level of ID document security.

We explain in details what sets polycarbonate​ apart from other materials and why its layered structure is also ideally suited to the deployment of security features in our March 2017 web dossier.​​

A digital identity for each citizen

In addition, these national ID programs are also the opportunity to create a secure digital identity for each card holder. These secure electronic identity cards, generally referred to as eID cards or simply eID's are opening the gate to secure and trusted on-line services. 

The most common applications for these smart cards are in smart travel documents, electronic ID's, electronic signatures, municipal cards, key cards used to access secure areas or business infrastructures, social security cards, etc. 

Many advanced countries are now demonstrating that, beyond the security benefits for both states and individuals, ID cards with their derived digital IDs can provide citizens and businesses with real services and benefits, without infringing upon new rules on data protection and civil liberties. 

As the leading provider of secure, tailor-made ID solutions, Gemalto can help governments improve security and deploy electronic applications to offer better public services and cut administration costs.

Our expertise in numerous government ids around the world can also help accelerate the dynamics of your national digital framework of trust.​

Gemalto's eID card solutions increase citizen protection, contribute to better control immigration and offer an effective means of ID checking such as biometric authentication​, using security that is always one step ahead. Gemalto offers a variety of secure eID cards with a range of professional solutions for a complete solution, which can be delivered as individual systems or using a managed service option.  

ID cards and eID initiatives: a wealth of best practices to share

Gemalto is contributing to 40 national eID programs: in Europe (BelgiumCzech ​RepublicEstonia,​ Italy,​ Finland, Norway​Sweden, PortugalLithuania, Luxembourg), in the Middle East ​ (Jordan, KuwaitQatarOman, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia), in Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria,  South Africa), and in Asia and Latin America with Macao, Hong KongMongolia​, or Uruguay​ to name a few.

The military cac​ card used by the United States Department of Defense ​personnel ​​is  a very interesting example of a large deploy​​ment of an identification card with a strong online authentication​​ mechanism​​.

National ID card and electronic ID : Benefits and trends

​The idea of a national ID card that is valid for both the physical and digital domains has become a reality for millions of people.​​ In some countries, citizens, public and private organizations are starting to reap benefits. We investigated in our recent report on what are these so-called digital dividends​.

​The past 10 years has been filled with incremental tech developments that are serving as a foundation for a much smarter citizen ID future. 

Want to know more about trends?

In our web dossier on 2016-2017 facts and trends​​, we detail 5 major national ID trends that you may want to discover. 

Understand why biometrics is intimately linked with identity. See how countries are implemeting biometric authentication  and create a state-of-the-art ID progam.

​​​​​Residence Permits

Gemalto eResidence Permit offers the most complete, versatile electronic European Residence Permit (eERP) solution tailored to customer needs.
The eResidence Permit enables governments to realize significant cost savings and reduce fraud and illegal immigration.
Gemalto has supplied its Residence Permit solutions to numerous countries, including the first generation of chipless produc​ts and now the second generation smart card based solutions.

Multi-application national ID cards​

Gemalto MultiApp ID is a Global Platform smart card solution for eID, eDriving License, eRegistration Certificate and eHealthcare. It is a Public Key Java Card designed to meet the most advanced security requirements of long-term multi-application programs such as the ones launched by governments and health insurances. MultiApp ID supports RSA up to 4096 bits and Elliptic Curves up to 521 bits in particular and has been Common Criteria EAL 5+ certified.​

Gemalto MultiApp is the leading secure, open and standard-compliant operating platform for electronic document issuance. It supports a wide range of identity applications serving the deployment of a raft of citizen-centric government programs. 

An innovative turnkey solution to federate eID programs

With contributions to more than 100 eGovernment programs to date, Gemalto has played a front-line role in making the new paradigm of secure multi-service electronic ID cards a reality. Drawing on its extensive experience, the company has devised an innovative turnkey solution to federate eID programs across multiple governmen​t agencies, bringing together the best of smart card technology, software solutions and multi-service apps.

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