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China Chooses Thales Smart Card Based ID

China Chooses Thales Smart Card Based ID

Thales Signs Contract with the People’s Republic of China to Provide Security Technology Systems for its National ID Card. Paris, February 12, 2002. Source: Thales Group Press Release.

PRC’s Smart Card based ID Project Could Be the Biggest of Its Kind Worldwide and Starts With Pilot Projects in Two Chinese Regions.

Thales, a leading global provider of high-tech electronics in the fields of Defense, Aerospace and Information Technology & Services, today announced that the People’s Republic of China has chosen the secured identification technology from Thales Identification to produce its new smart card based national ID card. Starting with pilot projects in two Chinese regions, the project has the potential to become the biggest of its kind on a worldwide basis with more than 1 billion potential users.

The new ID national card will be a contact-less, plastic smart card with a chip included that contains encrypted and secured identification information of the holder. This kind of ID card provides enhanced security for the personalized information stored on the chips and allows easy information updates or changes. It increases the longevity and consequently brings important cost savings for the state. Thales will provide the PRC with the secured identification systems to personalize the card graphically and electrically.

Philippe Karnauch, Managing Director of Thales Identification, said: "With this project, the People’s Republic of China is technologically a forerunner in the field of secured identification documents. The overall concept is one of the most innovative worldwide and has numerous advantages. We are very excited to work with the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China on this project and we believe that it will be state-of-the-art example for many other countries."

About Thales and Thales Identification:

Thales Identification is among the world leaders for the development and supply of secured identification production systems. The company presents a global offering of ID systems and services, as well as customized technical solutions for the specific requirements of its clients. The offer includes secured ID technology systems for paper documents (IDs, drivers licenses, resident aliens cards, passports, …), plastic documents as well as for documents with integrated smart cards.

Thales is among the world's leading providers of high tech electronic solutions. The group is present in three growth markets with high synergy potential: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services. In 2000, the company generated 8.6 billion Euros in revenues, of which 74 % were realized outside of France. The 2001 revenues are around 10 billion Euros. Today, the group employs more than 65,000 people worldwide and is present in 50 countries.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).