Government & Healthcare ID Competitive Assessment – an ABI Research report


“The worldwide market for government, healthcare, and citizen ID credentials continues to grow as governments continue to adopt smart technology or migrate to next generation credentials serving, driver’s licenses, healthcare cards, national IDs, e-passports, and voter cards. Overall, 435 million smart card units were delivered into the market in 2013, forecast to increase to 526 million by the end of 2014.”

This ABI Competitive Assessment presents market shares based on shipments for the key smart card vendors active in the deployment of government, healthcare and citizen ID credentials. 

Also included is a smart card and legacy vendor matrix where companies were judged and scored under both an implementation and innovation category with a set of criteria and score weightings set out for each.

Research Excerpt

Source:​ ABI Research's Government and Healthcare ID: Smart Card and Legacy Credentials published on July 2, 2014. ​


The following criteria were used to assess each supplier:

  • Implementation: global penetration/reach, breadth of services offered, membership and influence, contract delivery, market penetration
  • Innovation: interface/contactless readiness, multi-application capabilities and support of market convergence, level of security, standardization, e-goverment services and online functionality​

Companies Covered by ABI Research Report

  • ABnote
  • Bundesdruckerei
  • Datacard Group
  • Datang Telecom Technology Co Ltd
  • De La Rue
  • Eastcompeace Smart Card Co Ltd
  • Gemalto
  • Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
  • HID Global
  • IntelCav
  • IRIS Corporation Berhad
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • PNRI
  • Sagem Morpho, Inc.
  • Trueb AG
  • Watchdata


"Gemalto continues to innovate at the forefront of the ID market," said Phil Sealy, senior analyst at ABI Research. "In line with future market trends, the company is placing the emphasis on eGovernment enablement regardless of the device used by citizens - computers, smartphones, tablets and more." ​

Gemalto leads the Smart Card and Legacy Credentials market finds ABI Research. The report that established Gemalto`s top ranking takes into account share of the ID market plus the following qualitative criteria:

  • An innovative and comprehensive portfolio of platforms and services for governments and citizens
  • Advanced production capabilities and service delivery
  • Best list of references and the company`s ability to positively impact the development the government ID market

In addition, ABI recognized that Gemalto has been extremely proactive in promoting and illustrating the benefits of electronic documents technology and digital ID​ for the public sector. The company actively contributes to international standards as well as industry groups, and recently founded the Secure Identity Alliance together with other digital ID companies. 

Where to find the full report?​

ABIresearch website