South Africa selects Gemalto for National Electronic ID program

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South Africa’s government has embarked on a program to improve confidence in its official identification system. The initiative has been created in readiness for the deployment of a comprehensive suite of eGovernment services for South African citizens. This has led the SA government to partner with Gemalto who will be supplying them with highly durable polycarbonate Sealys eID cards designed to counter forgery. The Sealys eID is fitted with a contactless feature and will be used to authenticate the holder against their image and biometric data. The card supports public key infrastructure (PKI) and match-on-card authentication techniques to enable easy verification of authenticity. It also provides a platform for a broad range of secure online services such as online and in-person authentication and legally binding digital signatures.

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