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HID Global Expands Commitment to Helping End Africa’s Identity Gap

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Being able to verify people’s identities is critical for a nation’s
growth and prosperity and yet nearly half of all African citizens can’t
prove who they are to vote, travel freely and receive government
benefits and services. HID Global®, a worldwide leader in
trusted identity solutions, is launching an initiative to help close
this identity gap and will be sharing details at the ID4Africa Movement
(ID4Africa 2019). The three-day conference will be hosted this week from
18-20 June 2019 in Johannesburg by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
of the Republic of South Africa.

HID Global brings to its initiative a broad solution portfolio, close
working partnerships with leading integrators serving African
governments, and strategic investments in its business operations
dedicated to building a better future for citizens. The initiative
builds on HID’s proven track record of enabling effortless and
worry-free identity verification for the citizens of African nations,
with a steady cadence of ongoing deployments across the continent.

“HID Global addresses each step of the citizen identity journey and
everything government agencies in Africa and other emerging markets need
to deploy complete solutions for issuing driver’s licenses, social
security cards, passports and other national ID documents,” said
Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP & Managing Director, Citizen
ID business with HID Global.
“Our initiative tackles the
challenges of serving citizens living in remote, unconnected areas who
are at the greatest risk of marginalization and exclusion, and aligns
well with the ID4Africa organization’s ‘ID-4-All’ movement aimed at
facilitating economic development and the success of humanitarian aid,
government services, and other critical programs.”

HID Global will be at ID4Africa 2019 to highlight its extensive
solutions that power trusted identities of a government’s people, places
and things. Each of HID’s solutions help solve the technological,
infrastructure and other deployment challenges that prevent citizens
from having the official identification they need to access government
services and programs.

For example:

  • The company’s identity document and mobile identity solutions pave the
    way for convenient and secure access to government programs and
  • Tanzania is using HID’s citizen ID solutions to add e-Visa and
    e-Permit capabilities to its e-Passport, which HID helped deploy last
    year as part of the Tanzania e-Immigration program. The new web-based
    visa and residence permit services allow visitors and residents to
    apply for and receive validated credentials for traveling or living in
    the country.
  • Several African governments have already embraced the company’s card
    and identity document personalization solutions for national ID,
    resident ID, driver’s license, voter ID and refugee identification

Of an estimated 1.1
billion people
worldwide that cannot officially prove their
identity, it is believed that approximately 500
live in sub-Saharan Africa. Problems are worsened in areas
where conflict adds to the millions of displaced people who flee without
the necessary identification documents to receive basic legal, social
and economic rights and opportunities.

HID’s citizen ID solutions enable disenfranchised citizens to be
enrolled into government identification programs, bringing empowerment,
freedom and connectivity to those who need it most, and making social
benefits programs more fraud-resistant and border crossings more
convenient. The company’s broad portfolio help solve these problems
while bringing a sense of inclusion, engagement and pride in regional
and national communities.

See live demonstrations of HID Global’s trusted identity solutions at
ID4Africa 2019

Visit HID from June 18-20 in Booth #G1 at the Emperors Palace Convention
Center in Johannesburg to learn more about HID Global’s broad range
products, solutions and services that make it more convenient and safer
to achieve what citizens want to do in everyday life.

About HID Global
HID Global powers the trusted identities
of the world’s people, places and things
. We make it possible for
people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our
trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to
physical and digital places and connect things that
can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people
around the world use HID products and services to navigate their
everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID
technology. We work with governments, educational institutions,
hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the
most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas,
HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international
offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA
ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

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