Chip and mobile software solutions provider Aconite has announced that its Affina Enterprise smart lifecycle management solution has been selected as a major part of a new infrastructure to issue and manage tens of millions of multi‑application ID cards for a major African state.
The GlobalPlatform Javacards will combine a national ID application conforming to the ICAO MRTD (International Civil Aviation Organization Machine Readable Document) standard, a PKI-based authentication application and a prepaid payment application based on international card association and/or local scheme standards. Aconite’s Affina Enterprise was selected as the only system that offered a performant solution for the maintenance of a card population of this size combined with the ability to perform post‑issuance updates to install, delete or upgrade applications remotely on the cards, and to activate applications after installation.
As well as being the system of record for the cards issued – and therefore adding to the provision of a national ID database for the country concerned – Aconite’s Affina Enterprise will actively manage the cardbase through a network of remote devices, maintaining details of the applications installed on each card, the data personalised into each application and changes to the applications and data over the card’s lifecycle.
Patrick Regester, Aconite’s EVP for Sales and Marketing said “Aconite is proud to demonstrate that our expertise in scalable, performant chip lifecycle management solutions has many applications both within and outside the payment-card sector. This new win in the national ID sector cements Aconite’s position as the global leader in smart device lifecycle management, with its extended applications in the management of NFC mobile and other chip-based platforms.”
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