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Half the World’s Population Will Have Chip-Based National Electronic Identity (eID) Cards by 2018

In five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based National eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe. Asia, with its vast population, will dominate the market accounting for more than 60% of all National eID cards issued between 2014 and 2018.

These are just some of the findings from “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition”.

The report also projects that nearly 3.4 billion National eID cards will be issued over the next five years doubling global National eID card circulation from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion by 2018. And, that in addition to these 3.4 billion chip-based National eIDs issued between 2014 and 2018, another 300 million National ID cards will integrate biometrics into non chip-based card programs.

Recent National ID news from across the globe validates Acuity’s growth projections:

  1. India and the Philippines are reviving efforts to introduce National eID cards to support their national identity registry programs.

  2. Turkey has announced the integration of biometrics into their National eID card scheme.

  3. South Korea is facing intense pressure to replace their traditional ID card program due to rampant data breeches and fraud.

  4. And, Nigeria appears to be making progress on their National eID program after years of promises and false starts.

“The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition” includes more than 350 charts and tables providing detailed, comprehensive, country-by-country, regional, and global unit and revenue forecasts and analysis for all National eID cards programs.

The report evaluates three categories of National ID programs:

  1. Programs that rely on chip or optical storage based National ID cards that may or may not incorporate biometrics.

  2. Programs that rely on traditional non-chip based ID cards that incorporate biometrics to uniquely identity each cardholder.

  3. Biometric registry only programs that rely on a centralized biometric database to issue unique identity numbers.

Order, download an in depth report preview, and get more information about the report at .

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