Nigeria: NIMC launches multipurpose electronic ID cards

Monday 18 November 2013 08:18 CET | News

NIMC, the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria, has launched a multipurpose electronic ID card, which combines identity functions with other applications including the MasterCard prepaid functionality. NIMC has selected suppliers NXP Semiconductors and Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) to participate in the project along with MasterCard.

The Nigeria national eID offers identification, PIN and fingerprint authentication, with digital signature and payment functionality on a single card.

NXP’s product offering covers the microcontroller, NXP’s JCOP Java Card operating system and the complete range of Applets. The eID cards use NXP’s SmartMX secure microcontrollers in combination with the IntegralSecurityTM architecture and Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) provides a dedicated micromodule technology for the NIMC eID project.

The MasterCard prepaid payment functionality is embedded in the National ID Smart card. When using the card as a prepaid payment tool, the cardholder can deposit funds on the card, receive social benefits, pay for goods and services at any of the 35.9 million MasterCard acceptance locations globally, withdraw cash from all ATMs that accept MasterCard, or engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments.

The multipurpose cards are set to be issued within the Q1 2014 after a proposed launch of the card and will be available for Nigeria citizens from 16 years and above and all residents in the country for more than two years.

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Keywords: Nigeria, NIMC, multipurpose electronic ID cards, MasterCard, eID, identity cards, payment cards
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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Fraud & Financial Crime