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One million contactless ID cards issued in Morocco

Thursday 27 November 2008

The biometric ID documents are based on contactless smart card technology to ensure maximum document security and respect of the citizen’s rights and liberty. The complete solution, provided by Thales, comprises ID document production equipment and software, high-security consumables and connectivity with the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which acquires digital fingerprints.

In addition to serving as secure authentication credential, Moroccan citizens will be able to conveniently present the ID cards in place of their birth certificate, certificate of residence, certificate of life and certificate of nationality in all procedures for which these documents must be provided. This advanced ID system includes both personal details and biometric data and meets new security requirements concerning travel documents and control of migration flows.

Along with Thales, stakeholders in the Moroccan ID card project, valued at MAD 2 billion (EUR 181 million) according to the press,  include:

  • Oberthur Technology,
  • Agfa,
  • SPS: Smart packaging Solutions, (cf. SI #08-28),
  • Cogent Systems.