Solidifies commitment to a rapidly growing global market for e-Doc, e-Passport and e-National ID (e-NID) products.
HID Global has launched its newly expanded e-Government (e-Gov) manufacturing campus in Connemara, Galway, Ireland. Initiated in July 2009, HID Global’s expansion of its Galway e-Gov campus will enable the company to meet growing demand for product and service solutions for e-Doc, e-Passport and e-NID applications in more than 30 countries.
HID Global Ireland Teoranta will house e-Gov engineering and manufacturing at its expanded operations in Ireland. The company has increased employment at its Galway campus by 22% and has invested significantly in the expanded operations.
“Our expanded e-Gov operations in Connemara, give us significantly higher production capacity for our microchip-based inlays that are used as core components in the manufacture of e-Docs, e-Passports and e-NIDs,” said Jason Bohrer, senior vice president, HID Global Operations. “e-Gov represents a growing segment of HID Global’s Identification Solutions (IDS) business, especially in the area of e-Passport inlay solutions. With our newly expanded facilities in Ireland, we are well positioned to capitalise on rapidly accelerating demand for e-Docs.”
Continued growth in worldwide e-Gov market
The vast majority of European Union countries, as well as numerous countries outside of Europe, are now issuing machine-readable electronic passports. Acuity Market Intelligence has projected that e-Passport market revenues will reach nearly $7 billion annually by the end of 2014, with a compounded annual growth rate of 31,5%. In its April study entitled 'The Global e-Passport and e-Visa Industry Report', the firm said that 88% of all passports issued in 2014 will be electronic passports. Acuity said e-Passports accounted for 57% of all passports issued and 28% of all passports in circulation during 2009.
The secure contactless technology inlays and pre-laminates that HID Global manufactures in Connemara allow governments, worldwide, to make their e-Passports and other electronic documents more secure. The company’s microchip-based inlays are tamper-proof and highly secure, and reduce authentication error and the possibility of documentation falsification. Utilising patented technologies, including ceFLEX material and wire transfer technology, HID Global’s e-Gov solutions are designed to extend the life of e-Docs while withstanding daily mechanical wear and reducing incidents of tampering and fraud.
In addition to expanding production of these inlay products, the HID Global manufacturing and e-Doc engineering teams in Connemara will also support development and manufacturing of additional e-Gov-related technologies and solutions for existing customers, while meeting the needs and requirements of new customers.
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