NXP SmartMX Secures New Electronic ID Cards in Jordan

State-of-the-art contactless biometric cards will be used to increase national security and enhance social and economic eServices for Jordanian citizens

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that The Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD) in Jordan has chosen NXP’s secure SmartMX2 microcontroller for its new contactless citizen ID card. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) anticipates deploying the new SmartMX2-based Jordanian ID cards to increase national security, improve counterfeit protection and extend public services. In collaboration with Gemalto, the world leader in digital security and the prime contractor of this project, NXP is embedding Gemalto’s Sealys MultiApp ID operating system in its microcontrollers.

The new Jordanian citizen card is a multifunctional form of identification which can be used for conventional citizenship while offering an array of new embedded social and economic applications such as storing travel itinerary, providing access to eBanking services, and secure voting and health insurance verification. The personal data and biometric features, such as the card holder’s photo and fingerprints, are stored securely on the SmartMX chip in digital form. These new cards will also help reduce congestion and process time for renewals, as well as decrease fraud and counterfeiting while increasing security and enhancing a number of government applications.

"Protecting personal data is a sensitive subject which requires a secure identification solution and a trusted partner capable of delivering a smooth system implementation,” said Ruediger Stroh, Executive Vice President of Security and Connectivity at NXP. “NXP has years of market understanding in eGovernment applications such as ePassport, ID cards, healthcare cards, vehicle registrations and driving licenses, all of which are designed to enable a smarter, more secure life for citizens."

Many citizens globally benefit from electronic identification solutions, which can protect personal privacy while securely assuring identity through the use of PIN codes or biometrics. The NXP SmartMX2 family of products is compatible with existing infrastructures and equipment, providing double the transaction speed of most other products in the market, while maintaining ultra-low power dissipation. The SmartMX2 product family has been verified by global institutions like the ICAO, the U.S. Department of Defense and the German Federal Government to be stable, reliable, and designed to have the highest security standards. The product family has the Common Criteria evaluation assurance level (CC EAL) 6+ certification.

About Gemalto
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2015 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world. Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between. Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things. Our 14,000+ employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalization and data centers, and 27 research and software development centers located in 49 countries. For more information visit www.gemalto.com or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 44,000 employees in more than 35 countries and posted revenue of $6.1 billion in 2015. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

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