Qatar Selects Gemalto Solution to Secure eGovernment Services

Qatar Selects Gemalto Solution to Secure eGovernment Services

Coesys eGov2.0: boosting usage of everyday services with the security guaranteed by eID cards

Amsterdam, July 5, 2011–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected by Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR), to deploy the Coesys eGov 2.0 solution for eGovernment in Qatar. Using Qatari citizens’ national eID card as a strong authentication token, the solution will boost usage and enhance access security of their national eGovernment services portal–the Hukoomi. Qatar plans to expand the existing service to integrate more than 50 eGovernment initiatives over the next years.

Qatari citizens, as well as residents holding an electronic identity document, will enjoy considerable ease of access to their national eGovernment services from the comfort of their homes, and perform administrative procedures such as visa application, commercial registration, electricity bill payment or health card renewal. In addition, users will be able to digitally sign official documents and forms on the web. Gemalto is also providing the associated services including software integration, training, support and maintenance.

The Gemalto solution requires no additional software installation by the end-user, they simply use their eID card as the single credential and a personal code to authenticate themselves. This pioneering technology allows web applications running in a standard web browser to seamlessly access a smart card connected to the user’s computer, thereby enhancing the security and usability of web applications. This also enables the Hukoomi portal to dynamically deploy and update its services in a transparent way for the citizens.

“Gemalto is a long-standing trusted partner with a strong presence in the Middle East and has a proven track record of eGovernment solutions all around the world,” commented Mohannad Oman Naim, Service Delivery Manager from ictQATAR. “The Coesys 2.0 solution is a key enabler to modernize our government services.”

“Building on the successful deployment of eID cards in Qatar, Gemalto is pleased to continue supporting the Qatari government to deliver new citizen-centric solutions,” added Hisham Surakhi Sales Director Middle East Government Programs at Gemalto. “Qatar is a pioneering country spearheading the eGovernment services of tomorrow, with convenience and security which open more access to eGovernment services for a greater number of citizens.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security.

with 2010 annual revenues of €1.9 billion and over 10,000 employees operating out of 87 offices and 13 Research & Development centers in 45 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on the growing demands for personal mobile services, identity protection, payment security, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, modern transportation, e-healthcare and e-government services. Gemalto does this by providing secure software, a wide range of secure personal devices, and managed services to wireless operators, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

Gemalto is the world leader for electronic passports and identity cards, two-factor authentication devices for online protection, smart credit/debit and contactless payment cards, as well as subscriber identification modules (SIM) and universal integrated circuit cards (UICC) in mobile phones. Also, in the emerging machine-to-machine applications Gemalto is a leading supplier of wireless modules and machine identification modules (MIM). To operate these solutions and remotely manage the software and confidential data contained in the secure devices Gemalto also provides server platforms, consulting, training, and managed services to help its customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the Company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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