German eID consultancy firm to provide testing services to NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has contracted a German firm- HJP Consulting, to provide Consulting and Test Services  for the ongoing national  identity card (eID card) project, TheMaiguard Post has learnt. Other technologies and suppliers aboard the project include: MasterCard‘s prepaid functionality, Pakistan’s NADRA System, NXP Semiconductors‘ SmartMX secure microcontrollers, and Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) micro-module technology.

NIMCBased on a presidential initiative, NIMC has the responsibility to establish, operate and manage a national identity database, carry out the enrollment of citizens and legal residents, and issue a national identity smart card to every registered person 16 years and above.

According to a press statement posted on HJP Consulting website, the company provides test services for the multi-application eID card, covering card and application tests. The services include the development of customized test specifications, the evaluation and implementation of test specifications as well as performing conformity and acceptance tests and generating test reports. “We are proud that our wide range of test expertise is required in this important eID project” says Holger Funke HJP’s technical director. The company’s own open-source test tool platform GlobalTester will be used for the application testing.

You’ll recall that just recently the CBN also awarded a German biometric identity firm – Dermalog, a $50 million contract to register the fingerprints of Nigerian bank customers and operate a biometric identification database which many industry watchers see as duplicating. The CBN Governor was however keen to note that the biometric system would not be incompatible with the Nigerian National ID card project, but added that it would be unwise to wait for a much larger project to roll out before embarking on its own Know Your Customer project and biometric identification database.

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