India: smart id cards program launch

Residents of 9 coastal provinces (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Benga) will start receiving chip smart id card tomorrow. The ambitious government program aims at collecting data for all residents and issuing smart id cards to all residents 18 years and older. The program suffered from some delays but was strongly accelerated after 2011 Mumbai terrorist attacks. System is now in full swing, Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) officials claim that the facilities now have capacity of producing and personalizing 1,500 cards per hour. The id card is highly secure with Guilloché patterns, hot stamped hologram and micro text; data stored in 64KB chip is encrypted. Complete population enrollment goal is set for 2017.

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