Report: S Korean firms could participate in UN ‘smartcard’ project

10/02/17

The UN is mulling a biometric ID card that could be used by its staff and representatives, a former senior official has told South Korean media.

The organisation is developing fingerprint recognition-based ID cards that allow UN employees working for the headquarters of the organization and its 37 affiliated organizations to access their computers and enter the buildings, reports Business Korea.

Former chief information security officer (CISO) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Choi Woon-ho told the newspaper that South Korea is uniquely placed to participate in the project.

“South Korea currently has the most advanced PKI technology based on the development of public key certificates and the country is highly likely to clinch the project if public key certificate issuing agencies and tech firms in the country participate in the bidding,” he said.

The newspaper wrote that the UN is planning to bring in the system in stages from this year onwards and provide the cards for 200,000 to 300,000 employees and national representatives by 2020.

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