Gemalto Solves Cameroon’s Identity Fraud with Innovative Electronic ID Solutions


The world leader in digital security, Gemalto, is assisting Cameroon’s DGSN (the General Delegation for National Security) in solving fraud and document faking with the usage of Sealys Color in PC for polycarbonate electronic ID cards (eID). This innovative solution consists in laser engraving high resolution color photos into the durable Sealys card body to provide Cameroon with the benefits of irrefutable proof of identity for its 20 million citizens. Gemalto also supports to the country’s comprehensive identity modernization program with its Coesys enrolment solution, its personalization platform implementing color laser engraving technology and eID verification terminals.

Gemalto’s Sealys Color in PC eID offers DGSN significant security benefits compared to solutions that simply print photographs on the surface of a card. Furthermore, the tamper-proof image is combined with a digital copy of the card holder’s fingerprint stored within the embedded microprocessor. Additional levels of protection are provided by a series of visible and invisible document security features. The card body, which is entirely made of polycarbonate foils, guarantees a minimum ten year service life with outstanding resistance to extremes of temperature and mechanical stress.

“Gemalto is the perfect match for our ambitious project goals. The end to end solution will give us full flexibility and autonomy to manage and operate our new national eID program in house,” said Martin Mbarga Nguele, the General Delegate to the National Security, Head of DGSN. “Establishing and verifying every citizen’s identity is at the heart of a successful and secure nation state, and we are confident this solution will help us achieve this key strategic objective,” he added. Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President Government Programs at Gemalto also said that this will be the maiden work of Color in Polycarbonate in Africa and it puts Cameroon at the top of some of the world’s secure document programs. He added “With this new contract, Gemalto surpasses 100 references in government programs.”

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