The Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China originally deployed at Bell ID system to issue contact smart cards in 2002 but had upgraded and made the switch to contactless cards.
Bell ID’s Identity Token Manager is a hardware and software independent, web-based software solution that enables issuers of chip-based identity cards, such as governments, enterprises and universities, to deploy and manage single and multi-application identity schemes. In addition to managing credentials on cards, the solution can load and manage them on mobile devices containing a near field communication chip.
The contactless Macao ID will be issued to permanent and non-permanent residents who renew their ID cards in the coming decade. Some 640,000 residents currently hold the contact-based card.
Use of Bell ID’s Identity Token Manager will enable the Macao SAR Government to manage its contactless identity cards during their entire lifecycle, including enrolment, personalization, issuance, post-issuance updates and cancellation. The new platform also enables an array of new security features, including the secure storage of the cardholder’s photo and biometric data on the chip.
In addition to advanced security, the upgraded ID card enables holders to process dealings with authorities electronically and save time.