-- National documents are expected to match global standards
LONDON, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The threat of terrorist attacks and illegal immigration are pushing the use of electronic identity (e-ID) cards as a means to quickly validate the identity of citizens. In spite of financial constraints governments across Europe are investing in new e-ID management technologies, such as contactless chips, biometric identification, and public-key infrastructure, as they consider e-services a cost-effective way to help mitigate security concerns that affect nations all over the globe. Nonetheless, official e-ID deployment will take a while as the technology is still expensive and the market fragmented.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Government ID: A Fragmented and Competitive Market, finds that the unit shipment of government ID documents stood at 459.6 million in 2013 and is expected to reach 911.1 million in 2018. The research covers e-Passport, e-Health card, e-ID, e-Driving License cards, and other electronic documents.
"International regulations for travelers and immigrants are shaping the e-ID document ecosystem," said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Global Programme Director, Jean-Noel Georges. "One such regulation requires countries across Europe to ensure that the third generation of e-Passports is strongly encrypted and has new security features, such as supplemental access control, by December 2014."
In addition, for international documents such as e-Passports, European countries must comply with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). National documents also need to correspond to global standards. As a result, some countries across Europe have started to issue documents similar to those available overseas such as the European Citizen Card.
Even though these standards and regulations are expanding the market for e-ID cards, it is difficult for new entrants to penetrate this mature space. The lack of competition is generating conflicts and lobbying among the major players to win national projects. Elections, parliamentary discussions, and industry pressure all directly affect these projects, pushing up costs. The varying requirements of countries, based on particular security needs, services and distinct objectives, cause further delays and cost escalations to e-ID projects.
"To minimize the impact of these challenges, market players should partner with local participants or at least have local representatives during national ID deployment," advised Georges. "They must also clearly define and deliver on client expectations to quickly gain acceptance among customers across Europe."
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