Austria Card has produced and shipped the globally first ID-card with a payment functionality to the Nigerian government, thus pushing the entire industry one step further to convergent card products.
Based in Vienna, Austria Card is a market leading company in the field of secure transactions and digital security.
By delivering the new Nigerian ID-card, Austria Card leads the industry one step further to convergence. Nigeria's new national e-ID is a seminal project since it equips state-of-the-art ID/travel-cards with a multitude of functions including a credit card application.
The new identification documents are multifunctional smart cards to enhance security and public services in Nigeria. They accommodate a total of 14 apps which include amongst other things EMV compliant payment functionality, biometrics with match on card, secure signature, and an e-ID application. The card can even be used as a travel document to certain countries, but particularly the combination of ID/travel-cards with credit card functionalities is worldwide an absolute novelty.
The card incorporates 18 security features covering all categories (visible, invisible and forensic features) which make the card immune against tampering and counterfeiting. Tunji Durodola from the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), is excited: "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, also expresses his delight: "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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