More specifically, the ten-year agreement will see Idemia work
on upgrading existing ID documents as well as providing a novel digital ID for
all Chilean citizens.
In terms of technologies utilized to authenticate users for the
new digital ID are face and fingerprint biometrics, as well as iris biometrics,
which according to Idemia represents the first deployment of the technology in
relation to Chilean identity documents.
The novel digital ID will be reportedly compliant with ISO and
ICAO standards and will enable access to both online public and private
services, including telemedicine and transport booking services.
Chilean citizens will also be able to share individual ID
attributes online for remote ID verification.
The company also confirmed the Chilean digital ID should feature
accessibility options. Because of this, the solution already supports visually
impaired people by enabling them to access ID card and passport information
through a dedicated app that uses voice assistance.
For context, the collaboration between Idemia and the Chilean public
and private sectors dates back to 2012, with the company claiming a grand total
of over 3.37 million passports and 29 million ID cards at the time of writing.
In 2019, for instance, Idemia was selected by Movistar Chile to provide an end-to-end KYC service featuring
facial recognition and digital signature technology to assist in-store
salespeople in signing up new customers.
More recently Idemia was passed over when Chile was awarding the
contract to produce biometric passports following a bid of $245 million,
“We are proud to continue our long-term partnership with Chile
by providing one of the most robust and globally recognized identification
solutions on the market,” comments Idemia’s EVP Public Security &
Identity Matthew Cole.
Now, Idemia says an average of 320,000 additional passports will
be produced per year as a result of the new partnership, together with 4.8
million ID cards.
“With this new generation of secure ID documents based on
multibiometrics and cryptography, we are providing an end-to-end solution that
meets the stringent requirements of the Chilean authorities, enabling the
country’s digital transformation,” Cole says
Chile is just one of several countries whose governments’ Idemia
has partnered with over the last few years.
In June 2021, Guinea’s National Agency for Economic and Social
Inclusion (ANIES) picked Idemia to build a digital identity system to reach vulnerable communities in the country. And
in September of the same year, the firm was chosen by the French government
to build an authentication system for citizens’ national digital ID cards.
In the same month, the company also deployed its IdentoGO tablets to enable U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
agencies to provide digital ID enrollments outside the DMV office.