The Latvian eID card project

X Infotech, developer and integrator of smart card personalization in many projects all over the world, has completed an electronic identification document (ID card) project in Latvia.

After many years of discussion concerning the necessity for n electronic ID cards, the government of the Republic of Latvia adopted the relevant legislation in 2011, introduced an ID card as a new type of personal identification document, envisaging legal acceptance of it alongside passports.

The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) announced the tender for the personalization solution delivery which X Infotech won, despite very strong competition from two German companies.

The full solution consists of data preparation and personalization using high volume personaloization machine personalization equipment and the MultiPerso software platform. In addition, PIN generation and PIN printing solution delivery and implementation with those associated services were also provided, including project management, training, support and maintenance. X Infotech`s expertise in personalization software development and system integration, as well as OCMA’s understanding and highly qualified personnel were instrumental in the success of the implementation of all components and integration with proprietary production management systemsand the external Certificate Authority system.

Maris Birgelis, one of the founders of X Infotech, said: “X Infotech is honoured and delighted to be working with OCMA on this very important project. This is a real opportunity to bring our smart card personalization experience to the Latvian government and Latvian citizens. The chosen solution gives the necessary capacity and flexibility to OCMA in order to provide their services to end-customers.”

“Our goal in introducing electronic ID cards was to increase security and to offer more comfortable services for Latvian citizens and residents, and increase capacity of our personalization centre” said Inguss Treiguts, Director of Identification Document department at OCMA “The main advantage delivered by eID is the electronic signature that allows cardholders to access eGovernment and public services, and the ability to sign official documents such as contracts and declarations. The card’s functionality will also be extremely useful when e-voting is introduced in Latvia”.

Currently every Latvian citizen or foreigner living or working in Latvia is eligible to receive an electronic ID card or residence permit which is accepted as a valid travel document throughout European Union member states and the Schengen area.

About X Infotech

X Infotech, a leading systems integrator and a developer of software suite MultiPerso, delivers premium solutions for issuing, managing and verification of electronic ID documents and smart cards. The company`s turnkey solutions are fully independent and flexible, and in combination with unrivalled team expertise, allow smart card and eID programs to be implemented easily, adapting to any environment by supporting any equipment and chip type. With successfully implemented projects in 45 countries already, X Infotech is now a trusted business partner and preferred solutions and services provider for hundreds of customers. More:

August 2, 2012