The partnership of EAST with IRIS Corporation Berhad of Malaysia was awarded the contract for upgrade and maintenance of Egyptian National ID Production facility introducing the capability of having a secure smart chip on the National ID card. Since 2009, EAST is involved in the day-to-day management of the secure card production process.
Together with IRIS, we upgraded the production facility to produce the smart card and manage and implement the maintenance schedule of the newly introduced as well as existing machines meeting the requirements of the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. Production equipment includes IRIS machines as well as machines from several European card production vendors.
Although a smart card can look from outside like any other card, the inside of a smart card usually contains an embedded microprocessor. The outside of a smart card could have a golden contact pad on one side of the card but could also be contactless (not having the contact pad). The smart chip on the National ID introduces security features and additional applications capabilities. The National ID will not only have the basic information printed on the card but will also have additional information (for example family relationships, health care history, driving license information or voting ) securely saved on the inside chip. This information could be securely read using certified card readers that could be distributed in police checkpoints, airport terminals, hospitals and offices that serve the public. IRIS developed a secure system that would identify the privileges and capabilities of each user reading and/or writing information to the smart National ID card.
The secure smart card consists of polycarbonate layers of specific micro-meter thickness. EAST & IRIS have expanded their business in Egypt by partnering with Bayer of Germany to supply the polycarbonate sheets for the National ID card. These sheets present the basic raw material of the ID card and should have very accurate specifications and dimensions.EAST & IRIS were awarded the tender bidding against the company that had the monopoly of supplying the polycarbonate for Egyptian National ID since its production started in 1997.