Mauritania uses biometrics to revamp ID document system
06 September 2010 21:24 GMT

Mauritania uses biometrics in national ID document revamp

The Mauritanian Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization is to use biometrics as part of its project to revamp the production of the country's secure national identification documents.

This project is one of the key components in the country’s “National Digital Confidence Framework” program, and is designed to foster more effective management of Mauritania’s public records, while also bolstering security within the country and at its borders.

In a release Morpho (Safran group) said it has signed a contract with the Government to guarantee the secure issuance of ID documents for both citizens and residents, including multi-application ID cards, polycarbonate data page passports, residence cards and driver licenses. For this, Morpho will use the latest version of its well-known multibiometric recognition system, combining fingerprint and facial recognition technologies.
The contract also incorporates “Mauritania Visit”, a border control system that will help manage passenger flows (issuance and control of biometric visas), as well as a fingerprint recognition system to support the fight against terrorism and criminality.
Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho said: “This custom-tailored project…involves one of the first totally integrated systems of this type, combining citizen identification, production of ID documents and secure border control.”
Biometric registration operations will start on November 28, 2010, the 50th anniversary of Mauritania’s independence.

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