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Gemalto, the digital security product company, reports that it’s supporting DGSN, the General Delegation for National Security in Cameroon, in tackling fraud and document counterfeiting ( with the deployment of Sealys Color in PC for polycarbonate eID cards. It’s claimed by the product firm to be a first in Africa. This approach consists in laser engraving high resolution colour photos into the Sealys card body to provide it’s claimed irrefutable proof of identity ( for its 20 million citizens. Gemalto also contributes to the country’s identity card modernisation with its Coesys enrolment product, using colour laser engraving and eID verification terminals ( .

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

Martin Mbarga Nguele, the General Delegate to the National Security, Head of DGSN, said: “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. 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.”

And Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President Government Programs at Gemalto, said: “Representing the first deployment of Color in Polycarbonate in Africa, the solution chosen by DGSN puts Cameroon at the very forefront of the world’s secure document programs. As well as a technological leap towards greater security and efficiency, it will provide the foundation of trust on which a modern digital society and economy can be built. With this new contract, Gemalto surpasses 100 references in government programs.” Visit


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