Portugal selects supplier for national ID card project

Portugal has picked a vendor to produce a credit-card sized national ID card that can store biometric information such as fingerprints.

Gemalto NV, selected by Portugal’s Mint and National Printing Office (Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda SA), will provide the operating system, applications, middleware and help desk services.

Portugal wants the “Citizen Card” to contain civil identification, taxpayer, social security and health information. The card will contain a digital signature, legally valid for e-government transactions and protected by a PIN (Personal Identification Number), Gemalto said. The card uses the Identification Authentication Signature specifications, a set of European interoperability requirements, the vendor said.

The ID card application will use encryption for access to an e-government portal. Police authorities will have access to the fingerprint information through another application, Gemalto said.

A pilot phase started Friday in Portugal’s Acores region. The government hopes to issue two million cards a year. Portugal’s population is about 10.6 million.

In January 2005, Portugal’s government said secure ID cards were needed for national security. Immigrants from Brazil were buying fake Portuguese ID cards in order to go to work in the U.K., according to information published by the European Commission.

Portugal already issues a laminated paper card with the user’s fingerprint for identification.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Stemming the tide of cybercrime

By: Derek Manky Technology continues to play a significant role in accelerating...

Power through a work-from-anywhere lifestyle with the LG gram

“The right tool for the right job” is an old adage...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now