Austrian firm delivers multifunctional smart ID cards to Nigerian govt

Post was last updated: November 1, 2014

Austria Card (Lykos Group) has announced it has produced and delivered to the Nigerian government identity cards with multiple innovative applications such as e-ID combined with biometrics, e-Health, voter-ID, pension-ID, and payment (EMV).

In a statement, the company said the new identification documents will enhance security and public service in Nigeria.

In all, the cards have 14 apps including EMV compliant payment functionality, biometrics with MOC (match on card), secure signature, and an e-ID application. The card can even be used as a travel document to certain countries. It also incorporates 18 security features.

Tunji Durodola from the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said: “Not only have we made a significant step towards a holistic and efficient identity management, but we provide our citizens with one of the most innovative products on the globe. This was made possible by our cooperation with Austria Card, our highly competent and innovative partner who has the know-how and the necessary resources for a project of this scale.”

Jochen Hense, CEO at Austria Card, said: “These cards are probably the most secure and advanced national documents worldwide as they combine two worlds, identification and payment. We feel very privileged that NIMC confides in Austrian technology and our capabilities as one of the leading card manufactures worldwide. This faith in Austria Card as a loyal and capable technology partner makes us truly proud.”

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