G&D wins another Iraq deal


Iraq has commissioned Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to provide an end-to-end solution for an eID card. As a general contractor, G&D will provide smart cards, the entire personalisation system, the IT and data acquisition infrastructure, and the associated services. This includes technical support and maintenance. The minimum five-year contract was awarded following an international invitation to tender by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

“After the award of contract for new passports announced recently, this is the second contract where we will work in partnership with the Iraqi government to provide security-related systems for modernising public administration. These contracts not only confirm our technological leadership in providing security solutions to international governments, but also our expertise as a provider of complete turnkey solutions,” says Hans Wolfgang Kunz, head of the Government Solutions division at G&D.


The eID card system will provide Iraq with an ultra-modern ID system, which offers the highest degree of security in order to prevent manipulation and identity theft. This will also streamline the administration processes across the country.


According to G&D the contactless personal ID smart card meets the highest security requirements, including the option to integrate a variety of biometric features. As well as personal data, the new ID card has a photo of the holder and can be used as standard photo ID. In addition, the personal data and multiple biometric features of the holder are stored securely and digitally in the chip. The new ID card is also equipped with a range of visible and invisible features which effectively protect against counterfeiting.


In Iraq, which has a population of more than 30 million people, G&D will set up around 2,500 data acquisition stations and 25 regional personalisation centres across the country as well as a redundantly designed IT data centre in the framework of this major project. The launch of the new electronic personal ID card will also be used as the basis for the planned digitalisation of the national population register. On top of the planning, system integration, and implementation, G&D will also handle the transfer of expertise and the handover to the Iraqi public authorities.


Card supply will begin in 2014.


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