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[April 21, 2014]

Somalia Introduces New Secure National ID and E-Passport with HID Global and Their Partners

AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced that The Federal Republic of Somalia took another step toward the establishment of law and order with the launch of two new citizen ID programs: a new national ID card and e-passport. The ID documents and their supporting solutions were designed and implemented by an association of Oman's Al Madina Group, a leading security printer and systems integrator; Ebtikart Smart System, a leading solution provider with presence in Somalia; and HID Global.

The introduction of these secure identity documents and supporting solutions will help the government of Somalia in its efforts to restore law and order, enhance economic development, and improve the standard of living for the citizens of Somalia. The national citizen ID documents improve the security situation in the country by enabling law enforcement agencies to verify citizens' identities, while the e-passport facilitates international travel across borders. The new electronic passport is compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, ensuring that Somali citizens are carrying a fraud-resistant identity document that complies with current international standards.

Al Madina Group, in partnership with Ebtikart Smart System, successfully delivered the secure e-passport and eID projects.

"We are excited for the future of Somalia and appreciate the government's commitment to the highest international security standards," said Sheila Jamal, President of Al Madina Group. "We look forward to a continued partnership with HID Global, whose expertise and flexibility enabled the effective design and integration of advanced secure ID technologies and systems in a short-time frame."

HID Global will manufacture and provide highly secure chip-enabled electronic passport covers and a custom national ID card with multiple security features. "We are proud to contribute to this important program and to partner with Al Madina Group, whose professional project methodology, flexibility and customer orietation has led to a seamless implementation," said Rob Haslam, Vice President of Government ID Solutions with HID Global.


The solutions provided to Somalia have applications in a number of African as well as Middle-Eastern countries, given the need to constantly upgrade their Identity Management Solutions.

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About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company's served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company's primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

About Al Madina Group

Al Madina Development & Supply LLC commenced operations in 1984 and continued to expand through the eighties and into the Millennium. Al Madina offers complete Information Technology solutions, System integration, High-level security products and Turnkey computer based Projects. Al Madina also owns Security Printing Press - Oman, a Security Printing Press specialized in printing of Security Documents and Secure cards ranging from Printing of MICR Cheques and different type of ID Cards to Digital Passport.

About Ebtikarat Smart System

Al Ebtikarat Smart system is a professional system integration company focused on end to end turn-key solutions. Ebtikarat has a strong presence in Somalia and aims to expand its solutions offering to more countries in the region.

® HID, and the HID logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HID Global in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product or service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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