Gemalto, Veridos to Provide eID Cards to Fight Fraud in Macau

Gemalto and Veridos have been contracted to provide contactless eID cards to the Macau government.

The agreement will see Gemalto provide the physical cards, while Veridos will bring operating system software to the table. The cards will come with enhanced security features such as special design components that can only been under UV light.

In a statement announcing the contract, Gemalto indicated that the cards are aimed at “mitigating fraud and counterfeiting activities,” with Macau being a popular gambling destination for visitors from all over the world. The announcement of the contract comes the same week that Macau government authorities announced plans to implement facial recognition at ATMs in order to confirm the identities of cardholders with the China UnionPay financial institution.

Commenting on the agreement, Gemalto Government Programs SVP Fernando Dal Zotto said the contactless cards will offer Macau citizens ‘a secure and hassle-free “tap and go” experience,’ though details regarding the specific applications of the contactless technology have not yet been revealed.

May 12, 2017 – by Alex Perala