Maldives unveils multi-application card


The Maldives has introduced a new multi-application card that can be used for payments, national ID, and as a driver’s license, health card, insurance card and as a passport. Known as the Passport Card, the document was developed by Maldives Immigration in conjunction with DERMALOG.

DERMALOG says: “Today most bank cards have a durability of maximum three years. The new Maldives card is the world´s first bank card which is made of polycarbonate material that can last up to 10 years. Furthermore, it contains a unique combination of a dual-interface chip for contactless and contact card reading. The new card is certified by the Bank of Maldives as well as by MasterCard, allowing the card to be used internationally like any other MasterCard.

According to DERMALOG, what makes the cards more secure than any other payment card are the additional passport security features, which no bank card provides. This additional features allow the Maldives Passport Card to be used like a regular passport and works at all borders of the Maldives, including its new eGates. The Passport Card conforms to all international passport standards.

“The door is open for many other government departments and private companies to use our new Passport Card in future,” says Mohamed Anwar, controller general of Maldives Immigration. “Research and development for the new card and its system has been done in close cooperation with DERMALOG, which is also known for its innovative biometric systems.”

Gunther Mull, CEO of DERMALOG, adds: “This is why the cards also contain 10 fingerprints for secure verification. Together with Maldives Immigration we are very proud about this very innovative and secure biometric card and system.”


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