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First deployment of open-standard Identity Management interface OSIA in DRC

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IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, in partnership with
CIVIPOL, the technical cooperation operator of the French Ministry of
the Interior, DIGITECH, a leading provider of paperless Civil Registry
solutions, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and CARITAS, a
confederation of 165 Catholic
relief,
development
and social service organizations, announces the first deployment of the
open-standard Identity Management interface OSIA in the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC). This World Bank funded project aims to register
2.4 million children and produce 600,000 birth certificates. The
consortium led by CIVIPOL supports the ambitious goal set out by the
United Nations General Assembly “One ID for all by 2030.”

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The consortium focusses on two project streams: the first stream
concentrates on the enhancement of the current Civil Registry process
through dematerializing the process and digitalizing existing Civil
Registries. The second stream allows children enrolled in nursery and
primary schools to register for free if they belong to the 60 % of DRC’s
children that have not been registered at birth.

The data collection process was launched in April 2019 in the schools of
Kinshasa, and is now entering its second phase with the integration of
the registration data from the Civil Registry system – based on a
DIGITECH solution – into the Civil Identity database provided by IDEMIA.

“The Civil Identity database is critical for the success of the
program for the Congolese government,”
says Debora Comparin, Senior
Market Manager at IDEMIA. “The database and its back-end ensure that
each child getting a birth certificate is de-duplicated and given a
unique identifier. This provides the Congolese government with a
long-term solution for modern identity management.”

Philippe Barreau, Executive Vice President for Public Security &
Identity activities at IDEMIA, adds: “What makes this project so
special is the first deployment of OSIA, the open-standard interface for
Identity Management, developed with the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA).
All members of the consortium are truly committed to offer a solution to
their customers that avoids vendor-locking and focuses on the long-term
benefits for the country.”

So-called vendor-locking has been identified as a key concern to ensure
implementation of modern identity management systems in emerging
countries. Whether design and deployment are led by a single technology
partner or a master system integrator managing a multi-provider
environment, governments often come to depend on their partner(s). Their
ability to transition to new suppliers or technologies might be hampered
by contractual arrangements, a raft of technical compatibility issues
and considerable operational risk.

IDEMIA is a supporter of open-standard solutions to solve this problem.
An open-standard approach utilizes existing modules and components from
existing ID technology providers, and uses OSIA interfaces to enable the
information interchange. Quite apart from the fact that these
field-proven modules encapsulate decades of expertise from trusted
partners, there is no need to reinvent anything. The modules are
available on the market today.

“IDEMIA is proud to be the first company that actively uses OSIA in
such an important program as the modernization of DRC’s identity
management,”
concludes Debora Comparin.

About IDEMIA

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted
environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily
critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical
as well as digital space.

Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live
in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures
privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable
transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one
of our greatest assets – our identity – whether for individuals or for
objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented
Identity for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity,
Public Security and IoT sectors.

With 13,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180
countries.

More information on the advantages of an open-standard solution can be
found in the Whitepaper Open-Standards, SIA, June 2019 at www.OSIA.io.