Ghana government to leverage Entrust Datacard to issue national ID cards
Identity and transaction technology solutions company Entrust Datacard has teamed up with the government of Ghana, reports Julie Muhn at Finovate (Banking Technology‘s sister company).
Through a partnership with Identity Management Systems, a subsidiary of Margins Group, Entrust will help the Ghana government issue national identity cards to its citizens in real time.
The new GhanaCard meets all international requirements, including chip-embedded technology and biometric capabilities. Starting this month, the government will begin issuing the ID to 16 million citizens.
The distribution of the cards relies on Entrust Datacard’s instant issuance technology. The real-time issuance of the cards saves Ghanian citizens from having to pick up their ID in person, the vendor says. Furthermore, it saves the government from the administrative hassle of dealing with cards that were never picked up, it adds.
“Identity Management Systems designed a custom solution that fits Ghana’s economic and social needs, utilising Entrust Datacard printers,” states Xavier Coemelck, regional VP for Entrust Datacard EMEA.
Entrust Datacard was founded in 1969. Headquartered in the US state of Minnesota, Entrust Datacard has 2,000 staff working around the globe to serve customers in 150 countries.