Shandong chooses Evolis for issuance of social security cards


Evolis has been selected by the Shandong Social Security department for the personalization and instant issuance of multifunctional plastic cards.

The cards are co-branded by the Shandong Social Security authority and six Chinese banks, and combine a debit card with a social security card.

400 Avansia printers by Evolis, integrating retransfer printing technology, were equipped with smart card encoders by Chinese system integrator Boya Wuzhou, and deployed across the banks in December, 2016.

The contract, worth $1.2M, includes consumables and spare parts.

"We are proud that our company was selected as part of this innovative high-tech project in China, where multifunctional smart cards have become a real trend," explains Emmanuel Picot, CEO of Evolis.

The Eastern Chinese region of Shandong is one of the most populous and most affluent provinces in the People's Republic of China counting a population of around 97 million people. This innovative project has the aim to further develop the applications of the classic social security card, up to now issued centrally by the social security bureau.

The new financial security card can be issued in the six partner banks ICBC, ABC, CCB, BC, PSBC and Rural Credit Cooperative as a multi-application card offering life insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance and maternity insurance as well as all functions of common debit cards such as cash withdrawal, transfer, card consumption, investment and wealth management and bill payment, etc.

"Preparations are going very smoothly thanks to our local partner Boya Wuzhou," says Eirik Bakke, Global Sales Director at Evolis.


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