LaserCard Corp. announced that the Angolan government has officially approved the design of its new national ID card, triggering productio of the initial supply of secure optical memory cards for the country’s national ID program.
Issuance of cards to Angola’s adult citizens is scheduled to begin in Luanda, the nation’s capital, by this fall. Delivery of the $8.8 million card will begin this quarter and is scheduled to be completed this fiscal year.
The cards will be issued as wallet-size ID credentials to citizens nationwide and will store personal data including personal and biometric identification. The cards are based on the same optical memory technology used in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Green Card” program.
Card production follows the build-out of the nationwide fixed and mobile infrastructure required for card issuance. LaserCard completed delivery of the card personalization equipment that forms the core of this system.
LaserCard is a subcontractor to the Angolan government’s prime contractor, DGM-Sistemas of L.D.A. DGM-Sistemas and other team partners have been engaged in the implementation of the national IT infrastructure and criminal registry database to support the personal data capture, card issuance and downstream application processes.