Norway reveals US$103 mn tender for passports and ID-cards


Norway has published the details of a tender for the issuance and life-cycle management of passports and ID-cards including eIDs, residence permit cards, and other document types.

The Norwegian National Police Directorate (POD) contract for the manufacturing, personalisation and management of passports and ID-cards will be worth an estimated 600-700 million Norwegian Kroner (US$103 million), according to the tender.

The contract will have indefinite remit, but with a minimum duration of 6-8 years, “after which POD annually will monitor the need for a new competition for the entire - or parts of - the scope”.

The tender notes that, “ongoing legal and political processes impose uncertainty on whether, and to what extent, eID will be part of the contract or not”.

A deadline of 15 January, 2015 is set on participation. The main customers listed on the procurement are the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In October, German IT security firm secunet revealed that it had won a tender from the Norwegian police for a system will be used to check electronic travel documents, and at a later point the issuing of electronic passports and electronic residence cards.

Last week, the country also released details of the winning design for new passports, with observers hailing the results as a “beautiful” example of what can be achieved with modern travel documents. 

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Norway last week released details of a winning design for new passports.
Norway last week released details of a winning design for new passports.

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