Norway rolls out secure eID and ePassport project


trandum-1The National Police Directorate of Norway (POD) has tapped digital security expert Gemalto to supply Sealys eID cards, residence permit cards, and third generation Sealys ePassports.

The project will be supported by Gemalto’s Allynis Issuance and Coesys Case Management system and will cover all steps of the citizen application – from biometric enrolment to the issuance, delivery, and post-issuance of the document.

The solution complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) best practices related to enrollment, document verification, identity proofing and lifecycle management.

Gemalto explained that when visiting a government branch, citizens can start the application from home, book an appointment online, and register presence in the queue in a very intuitive way.

Citizens will also be guided through the different steps of the document lifecycle: for instance, they will be notified when their current document is about to expire or when the newly requested document is ready to be collected.

Meanwhile, the ePassports will incorporate a wide range of advanced security features. A microprocessor is embedded, for example, in Gemalto’s Sealys polycarbonate datapage, which enables a range of high end visual security features.

“The introduction of eID cards and third generation ePassports represents another significant step forward for the national plan to enhance the safety and convenience of everyday life for Norwegians,” said John Kristian Thoresen, Assistant Chief of Police for the National Police Directorate of Norway.


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