This ID card provides official proof of identity and access to a range of government services and can be issued to all residents, regardless if they have Swedish citizenship or not. In the future, the development of a secure digital identity will enable users to also access online services of Skatteverket and other Swedish authorities.
Gemalto is due to begin supplying and personalizing the ID cards in early 2017 for a period of at least five years. The demand for these cards has been steadily increasing since they were first introduced in 2009. Applicants will be able to provide their signature and be photographed at one of 27 nationwide offices where Gemalto will deploy more than 80 enrollment kiosks as well as desktop stations. Gemalto is also supplying smart card readers, to support end users accessing government and financial institutions’ services online.
“By using our cloud-based eGov platform to securely authenticate citizens online, the interaction with authorities will be simplified,” said Tommi Nordberg, SVP of Government Programs at Gemalto.