In what has been described as a world first, Omani citizens have started activating the ePurse application on their eID cards after deployment.
As the prime contractor, Gemalto supplied BankMuscat and Royal Oman Police with its Coesys ePurse system, which includes the on-card ePurse, the post-issuance solution to activate the application and the centralised system that manages transactions. It also provided consulting services, project management and support and maintenance. BankMuscat, which issues the ePurse, initiated and implemented the project. Going forward, the country’s Information Technology Authority will host the ePurse system in-house and expand the application to all banks in Oman.
Gemalto says that with its solution, Omani citizens and residents benefit from the convenience of an ePurse without having to renew their eID card. It adds: “For the Omani government, this solution represents significant savings. Users can use the ePurse to pay for administrative fees such as birth and marriage certificates, car registration, and driving licence and visa applications. They can also reload their mobile phone prepaid subscription and make purchases in a number of large supermarkets. In the future, the ePurse application will enable payment at public car parks and toll gates.”
“This project demonstrates Gemalto’s ability to leverage its installed base of intelligent identity documents to enable new services for the benefit of its clients and their partners,” says Jacques Seneca, executive vice president of the firm’s Security Business Unit. “Some of these cards have been in the field since 2005 and will still benefit from the upgrade. This breakthrough opens up a realm of new eServices to citizens and illustrates Gemalto’s strategy.”