African Government Orders New Biometric Smart Cards to Boost e-Government Initiatives
Thu, January 23, 2020

African Government Orders New Biometric Smart Cards to Boost e-Government Initiatives

An unnamed government in Africa is interested in enhancing its e-government projects using biometric smart cards / Photo by: Antoine FLEURY-GOBERT via Wikimedia Commons

 

An unnamed government in Africa is interested in enhancing its e-government projects using biometric smart cards. The technology will reportedly be employed for authentication purposes. 

Hence, the governing body has tapped the service of NEXT Biometrics Group ASA. The company, which is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, offers secure and easy-to-use fingerprint sensor technology.

NEXT Biometrics' products are utilized for authentication in the government ID, smart card, access control, and notebook markets, as per its official company website.

Together with Polish information security service provider Softlock, NEXT Biometrics is now in the testing phase of the new biometric smart cards ordered by the African government.

The project has been confirmed to move to a full pilot next year, based on the news posted online by Mobile ID World, an organization that offers the latest reports in mobile authentication solutions, application providers, and cutting-edge information technology.

The new biometric smart cards will combine the operating system of Softlock, and a large-area fingerprint sensor from NEXT Biometrics. Furthermore, they will include biometric applets and Public Key Infrastructure. 

Through fingerprint biometrics, NEXT Biometrics and Softlock's project will enable a strong two-factor authentication. The African government will also find the features of non-biometric PIN codes and PKI tokens used for security replaced.

NEXT Biometrics believes that large-area fingerprint sensors are more dependable for they are capable of capturing more biometric data. Alain Faburel is the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at NEXT Biometrics.

He described biometric authentication as an advantageous technology that provides a high degree of security. The NEXT Biometrics and Softlock project will benefit their African government client because it can be used in e-government, healthcare, business, and other areas, Faburel said.

Softlock chief executive officer Magdy Sharawy described the fingerprint sensor technology of NEXT Biometrics as ideally complementing his company's information security services as well.