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At Cards & Payments Singapore NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced it is near completion of its part of the 172m pieces supplied into the eKTP project. Launched in 2011, the Indonesian eKTP project is one of the largest national eID deployments. The eKTP cards for 172 million citizens are part of a nationwide, multi-application, eID-system that comprises data capturing, servers, data storage, biometric matching and smart cards.

The local production companies in the State Printing Company Consortium (PNRI) were able to ramp-up the smart card production and personalisation of the eKTP cards and achieve near completion within 18 months. NXP points to strong growth within the local Indonesian smart card and biometrics industry.

The eKTP project will enable Indonesia to de-duplicate various population databases, resulting in a more thorough census and identification of all citizens. Once complete, the eKTP system can be the basis for government services, proving a citizen’s identity “beyond any doubt”. It can then be used to open bank accounts, obtain governmental documents such as birth certificates, register ownership of vehicles or property and many similar transactions. In addition, the multi-application capability of NXP’s chips enables the eKTP smart cards to support voting applications which reduce the possibility of fraud during elections. This will assist in the government’s aim of building stronger citizen trust in the country’s democracy. Compliant with the structure of ICAO LDS-9303, the eKTP smart card can also be used as an international travel document, should Indonesia reach agreements on this with neighbours.

“The Indonesian eKTP project is a very good example of how local and global partners can quickly scale up operations and effectively deploy large volumes of smart card credentials over a short period of time. With the help and support of a carefully selected consortium of industry experts, the PNRI is still on track for hitting its ambitious mid-year 2013 completion target,” said Phil Sealy, industry analyst, ABI Research “Utilizing a pure contactless IC, the government had multi-application functionality at the forefront of its strategy. Moving forward, ABI Research expects to see the Indonesian government further extend and enhance its citizen outreach with e-government services building upon its success to date”.

“Indonesia’s eKTP project not only confirms our capabilities as a world-class manufacturer of security microcontrollers, able to deliver high quality devices in high volume, but also consolidates our position as a resourceful trusted partner with a global presence, able and willing to support large-scale projects from early stage through to completion,” said Ulrich Huewels, VP and general manager, business line secure card solutions with NXP Semiconductors. “eID roll-outs of this nature have the potential to really change the society by providing citizens with convenient and secure access to public services – there is no better illustration of this than the eVoting capability that the Indonesian eKTP smartcards will enable.”


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