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April 17, 2009

Gemalto provides e-identity cards in Lithuania

The biometric national ID card embeds a contact microprocessor which contains a certificate for on-line identification

By CBR Staff Writer

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, has announced that it is delivering 900,000 of its Sealys Laser-Secured e-ID cards, commissioned by the Ministry of Interior of Lithuania. National rollout started on January 5, 2009.

According to the company, the e-ID card is made of polycarbonate, with all personal data laser-engraved in the card, to ensure the highest level of security and durability.

This card, the size of a credit card, features contactless technology for identity verification at border crossings, based on fingerprint check. It also embeds a contact microprocessor which contains a certificate for on-line identification and a qualified certificate for electronically signing official documents such as contracts and declarations.

Gemalto delivers the cards to its local partner Lodvila, a security printing company in Lithuania and main contractor of the project.

Lithuania had determined to deploy this national ID card in order to allow citizens to travel freely between member states, as well as to benefit from national and European e-government services, said Gemalto.

Jacques Seneca, executive vice president of the security business unit at Gemalto, said: This contact and contactless card is a world premiere as it combines a highly secure identity card and a biometric travel document. Lithuanian citizens will have in hand a second-generation travel document in full compliance with the latest ICAO recommendations on fingerprints.

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