“…IDEMIA has been working in the country since 2012, issuing over 3.37 million passports and 29 million ID cards during that time. Going forward under the new contract, IDEMIA expects to produce 320,000 passports per year and 4.8 million ID cards.”
IDEMIA has been awarded a comprehensive identity document contract by the Chilean government that will put the country on the path toward digital ID.
The 10-year contract entails ID upgrades for Chile’s Civil Registry and Identification Service that will produce a new generation of physical IDs incorporating cryptographic technologies and other security features. And whereas Chile’s current identity and travel documents support the storage of face and fingerprint biometric data, IDEMIA’s upgraded IDs will add support for iris biometrics.
Meanwhile, IDEMIA will develop a digital ID solution that will enable Chileans to securely access online services across the public and private sectors. The digital ID will be compliant with ISO and ICAO standards, and will allow citizens to share their particular ID attributes through online portals for identity verification.
The development offers the latest example of how IDEMIA is leveraging existing relationships with government bodies to establish digital ID projects, with the company having recently announced a contract renewal with the state of California that was aimed at expanding IDEMIA’s services “beyond the production of physical ID cards.”
In Chile’s case, IDEMIA has been working in the country since 2012, issuing over 3.37 million passports and 29 million ID cards during that time. Going forward under the new contract, IDEMIA expects to produce 320,000 passports per year and 4.8 million ID cards.
“We are proud to continue our long-term partnership with Chile by providing one of the most robust and globally recognized identification solutions on the market,” commented Matthew Cole, IDEMIA’s EVP of Public Security & Identity. “With this new generation of secure ID documents based on multibiometrics and cryptography, we are providing an end-to-end solution that meets the stringent requirements of the Chilean authorities, enabling the country’s digital transformation.”
As for the digital IDs themselves, IDEMIA has not yet revealed a detailed product plan, but the company has been actively working on mobile-based virtual ID solutions in the United States, and is providing the TSA with scanning technology to read Apple’s mobile driver’s licenses.