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Smart ID card personalization for South Africa

Datacard Group : 15 August, 2013  (Application Story)
South African Government to use Datacard equipment of the production, personalization and issuing of Smart ID cards in the country
Smart ID card personalization for South Africa

The Government Printing Works in South Africa will be utilizing the Datacard MX series card issuance and delivery systems for its new smart ID card program.

Replacing their current green bar-coded paper ID books, South Africans will be able to receive a smart ID card replacement in initially 27 locations throughout the country, ramping up to more sites in order to issue 38 million smart ID cards over several years. The smart ID cards add many more security features than the previous paper documents, and will feature a dual-interface chip, as well as fingerprint biometrics and biographic data – making it difficult for any forgery. South African citizens will also receive their new card in five to 10 days, compared to the 47 days it took for the paper documents to be produced and delivered.   

The microchip in the smart ID card will also enable the card to be used to access other government services such as electronic health records.

Datacard Group worked with Altech Card Solutions in South Africa to implement this project, proposing a solution and product configuration that meets the South African government’s specifications for enhanced security features, as well as the criteria for speed and improved quality.

“We are very happy that the South African government chose Datacard Group’s central issuance solutions for their new smart ID card program,” said Jim Runcie, regional vice president, EMEA region, for Datacard Group. “Transitioning to a card-based system is measurably more secure than the previous paper-based ID documents and offers citizens of South Africa much more functionality and durability.”

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