HID launches eID cards for ECOWAS


HID Global says it has introduced an end-to-end solution for national eID cards that complies with the recommendations provided by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as all international standards for travel identity documents. According to the company, the solution gives ECOWAS nations greater options for launching eID programmes that will enable their citizens to travel easily within this sub-region of Africa.

“HID offers government agencies in the ECOWAS region the choice to directly source cards or buy specific components to fulfil their eID Card programmes,” said Manuel Deloche, vice president Product Marketing, Citizen ID Solutions,HID Global. “We provide a one-stop shop for everything from polycarbonate inlays and cards to chips and a Common Criteria-certified chip operating system, all aligned with ECOWAS recommendations. HID Global can either support national governments directly or work hand-in-hand with regional partners to ensure a successful project.” 

HID says its card and inlay options use polycarbonate materials, include an aluminum watermark and are compatible with inductive coupling dual-interface chip technology so there is no physical contact between the card’s module and antenna. HID cards and cards made using HID components have been fully tested against ISO24789 requirements for a minimum 10-year lifespan.

HID’s ECOWAS solutions offer the option of including the company’s Mirage level 1 security feature. Mirage is a five-in-one security feature including negative laser engraving, window protection, bi-colour metallic effects, customisable design options and a window seal. The bundles also include a Common Criteria-certified SOMATM chip operating system supporting ICAO national eID applications, digital signatures, and match-on-card capabilities.

The ECOWAS national eID card initiative spans more than 350 million citizens from the nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo. Several countries have started their national eID implementations and others are expected to initiate programmes soon. These programmes aim to make travel more convenient for citizens while also promoting economic integration among ECOWAS member states.


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HID launches eID cards for ECOWAS
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