HID reaches citizen ID milestone
HID Global, says it has shipped more than 150 million high-technology eID (electronic ID) solutions to governments for citizen IDs around the world. The company’s management team and employees, along with local political and business officials, are celebrating this milestone in a special ceremony in Ireland. HID Global’s Ireland centre is a high-security eID credential facility that creates products for access and identification-related applications such as electronic passports and contactless swipe ID/access cards.
“We are proud to be a key provider of secure contactless technology to governments for eIDs worldwide,” said Anthony Ball, senior vice president, Identity and Access Management (IAM) with HID Global. “More than 150 million people worldwide, almost a third of all citizens using high-security electronic passports and identity credentials, carry our technology with them. We are exporting technology and know-how to every continent, and our local workforce and the entire community can be very proud of this milestone, as well as our contribution to a critical aspect of the world’s security.”
HID Global has shipped more than 100 million components used in e-passports by travelers in 30 countries, which comprises approximately 28 percent of the world’s market. According to the International Civil Aviation Association, as of December 2011, a total of 355 million e-passports have been issued globally. The vast majority of EU countries, as well as numerous countries outside of Europe, are now issuing machine-readable electronic passports. The company has also shipped more than 50 million microchip-based inlays used in eIDs by citizens in 22 countries. Other notable achievements include providing tens of millions of units for a variety of European e-passports.
“HID Global is at the centre of an important global trend,” says Craig Sandness, vice president of sales with HID Global’s Government ID Solutions. “Governments worldwide are shifting to eIDs to dramatically improve the security, privacy, convenience and confident authentication needed in border and access control, and other important identification-related applications such as national IDs, driver licences, electronic voting, and health care. As a leading high security e-passport and eID component producer, we are able to provide the complete assembly of these critical components from one source.”