Gemalto scoops Belgian deal


Gemalto is set to supply Belgium with its Sealys ePassport, due to be introduced in May 2014. Gemalto will provide the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs with more than 400,000 ePassports every year and Zetes will serve as the system integrator.

Under a five-year contract, Gemalto will supply the Belgian ePassport programme with its Sealys range of ePassport booklets, and its latest ICAO secure embedded software. Zetes is responsible for the personalisation and delivery of the ePassports. According to Gemalto the combined expertise of Gemalto and Zetes was proven in a series of rigorous audits conducted by the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs at both Gemalto and Zetes sites.


“Gemalto and Zetes have the know-how necessary to ensure that the customer benefits from our successful experience of rolling out the Belgian eID cards, and this is why the national authorities have continued confidence in our expert team,” says Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes Group. “With 80 references in government programmes worldwide, Gemalto was clearly positioned as a strong partner to meet the very high expectations of the Belgian ePassport project.”


“The Belgian ePassport is certainly one of the most advanced ever created," says Frédéric Trojani, senior vice-president of Government Programs at Gemalto. "Our successful experience acquired through a large number of national passport programmes worldwide has clearly enabled this accomplishment, for the benefit of Belgian citizens and public service alike.”


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