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Angolan biometric citizen ID system to be supplied by Unisys

Unisys : 03 September, 2008  (Application Story)
Ministry of Justice in the Republic of Angola to make use of biometric based citizen ID system in order to reduce cases of fraud and improve the existing ID system
Unisys Corporation has announced that DGM-Sistemas, an Angola-based information technology company, has awarded a three-year contract, valued at approximately $22 million, to Unisys Portugal to help develop and roll out a new citizen ID card program for the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Angola (Civil and Criminal Identification and Archiving Department). Angola hopes to provide 20 million ID cards to its citizens by 2015 to reduce fraud and modernize the Ministry's Criminal Registry.

As one of DGM's key partners, Unisys will provide a secure biometric ID card with automated fingerprint identification capabilities. Unisys will also modernize the department's existing Criminal Justice Registry system, using Microsoft .NET and CRM frameworks.

Unisys will create a centralised citizen registry capable of recording demographic details, digital photographs, digital signatures and fingerprint scans captured at fixed and mobile stations. Around three million records with existing biographic information will be migrated to the new application. The new solution will be based on the Unisys Registry and Positive Identification Solutions framework (RAPIDS), which captures biographic and biometric data in real-time, allowing for immediate checks on a person's identity.

The infrastructure includes an adaptable workflow engine that will enable Unisys to re-use its Identification & Credentialing framework LEIDA (Library of eID Artefacts software), creating building blocks to accelerate development. Key optical card technology built into the system will be provided by Lasercard.

Unisys will also be responsible for creating the solution that will configure and manage the servers, workstations, networking and security in the Ministry's central data centre and disaster recovery site.

Unisys has an established working relationship with DGM, having worked collaboratively on a similar electronic ID framework for the Angolan Social Security Ministry, awarded in 2006.

"Unisys and DGM-Sistemas form a strong team that will help the Angolan Ministry of Justice meet its security goals," said François Fleutiaux, General Manager, South Cluster, Continental Europe, Unisys. "The Ministry's Criminal Justice systems modernization and its extensive citizen ID card initiative will call upon Unisys core strengths in identification and credentialing, best-of-breed technologies and systems integration and project management skills."
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