A new generation of contactless eID cards for Macao


​​​​​​​​​Macao’s new generation of contactless eID cardsMacao’s new generation of contactless eID cards

Macao, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China with a population of over 600,000, lies close to Hong Kong, which is about 64 kilometers to the east.

The Macao electronic Identity Card is an official identity card issued by the authorities for permanent residents and for non-permanent residents. ​​

Advanced security features

Trüb, now part of Gemalto, has been selected to provide this new generation of polyc​arbonate digital ID cards​. The new e-ID card is optically personalized by means of laser engraving and comprises a variety of security elements including two groundbreaking features developed in Switzerland by Trüb. As a world premiere, the e-ID for Macao includes True Window and Window Lock features. 

Brilliant UV image

True Vision offers high resolution true-color UV images with high brilliance and outstanding color reproduction. Under UV-light, the e-ID documents reveal the skyline of Macao in true colors. This element is much more than a design element, as it protects the document against duplication and reproduction. 

Laser-engraved ghost image

Window Lock is designed for laser-engraved polycarbonate documents such as national identity cards and passport datapages. The technology is based on a sophisticated laser ablation personalization process on a metallic foil, which is integrated into a transparent window.

 A ghost image is inversely personalized into the metal foil so that a simultaneous manipulation of the card holder portrait and ghost image after issuance of the document becomes visible, making any fraudulent tampering of the card holder portrait easy to detect. 

Easy verification for increased security

With the use of these two innovative security elements Macao presents a highly advanced security concept which is easy to understand and to verify, resulting in a further increased security level in its new generation of electronic identity cards.