With a population of 3,3 million, Mongolia is a vast country of 1,5 million square kilometers in East Asia.
The country has been rolling out its new national ID since 2012.
This new smart card includes an embedded microprocessor containing all personal data with biometric facial and fingerprint ID systems linked to a secure database serving government agencies such as the electoral authority, tax, customs, passport, and military agencies.
Fast and secure identification
The Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs, which leads the project, aims to ensure fast and secure identification of people in their dealings with municipal and national governmental services.
The new national ID card integrates Gemalto Window Security Feature for stronger ID fraud protection. It's a transparent opening that is impossible to delaminate or fake.
Secure electronic documents represent a leap forward in security that surpasses the visual security of conventional documents such as ID cards.
It is impossible to tamper with the civil data stored electronically, and biometric data is kept confidential and out of reach of unauthorized parties. It increases citizen protection and offers effective means of ID checking that stays one step ahead of ID fraud.
Easier access to public services
The migration to an eID system helps the government improve security through positive proof of the bearer’s identity and, in the future, enable it to deploy new e-government applications.
The new eID system facilitates the delivery of public services such as social security and health care and education services at reduced administration costs.
Thales’ BioPIN, “Match on Card” biometric feature, allows fingerprints to be checked locally using the eID card's microprocessor.
That's good news for privacy as it ensures the citizen’s information never leaves the card and does not require any connection to a central database.
Hassle-free deployment equipment is made possible by interoperability with the majority of available extractors and sensors.
This security feature has demonstrated its excellent performance and interoperability during the MINEX II qualification awarded by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The polycarbonate eID is also incorporating numerous security features. For example, Thales Gemalto Window ingenious design incorporates a transparent opening that is impossible to delaminate or fake.
Mongolia national eID program in a nutshell
Mongolia has 3 million inhabitants, and all citizens above 18 years of age are to carry these smart national ID cards.
Thales worked with Bodi International, the prime program contractor, and a leading IT company in Mongolia, on this project.
- 2 million biometric eID cards
- Personalization and printing of cards in Mongolia – up to 48,000 per day
- Cards issued to Mongolia citizens as of May 2012
- Modernizing identity documents to combat fraud and increase levels of trust
- Strengthening the relationship between government services and citizens
- Reassuring citizens that their data is protected and can be securely exchanged.
- Providing a secure and shared platform for delivering public services