Qatar national ID scheme to use Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology

Source: Precise Biometrics

Precise Biometrics AB (publ.), that develops and sells world-leading and user-friendly biometric security solutions based on fingerprint- and smart cards, has been selected by Axalto to provide its technology for the national ID cards program in Qatar.

The project involves licenses for Precise Match-on-Card technology, which will be integrated in the national ID smart card.

Precise Biometrics already in the Interim Report communicated this order for the first quarter, but at that time the name of the country was not mentioned. The State of Qatar is planning to provide its citizens and residents, approximately 1 Million, with national ID cards with built-in biometrics. Precise Biometrics is part of the consortium awarded for supplying Qatar with national ID cards. Axalto is the smart card supplier, Protech is the system integrator, Daon supplies the National Biometric Infrastructure and Bell Id supplies the Card Management System.

At the time of procurement Precise Match-on-Card was chosen since BioMatch is the most superior and established Match-on-Card technology in the world. BioMatch is available on all Java cards and has reference installations in NID and in highly secure ID Cards for companies and authorities. Moreover, BioMatch is the Match-on-Card with the best performance in the world today.

"Match-On-Card functionality is a major component of our future National Identification System, where it will allow us to perform biometric identity control and checking in an off-line mode" says Colonel Saleh Al Kubaisi, Head of Computer System Department of Qatar Ministry of Interior.

"With Thailand as a known reference project we feel very comfortable about working with Precise Biometrics and we look forward to work as a system integrator at the implementation of national ID cards in Qatar" says Antoine Chamieh, COO at ProtechT.

"The choice of Precise Biometrics shows that we are the leading company on the biometrics smart ID card market. We view the future with confidence and look forward to win as many procurements as possible that concerns national ID cards around the world", says Christer Bergman, President and CEO at Precise Biometrics AB.

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