Qatar beefs up security of eGovernment services
By Enterprise Innovation Editors | 2011-07-14
Qatar’s supreme council of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) is ramping up deployment, expansion and consolidation of its national eGovernment services portal—the Hukoomi—by beefing up its security features using Qatari citizens national eID card as an authentication token.
Qatari citizens, as well as residents holding an electronic identity document, will enjoy considerable ease of access to their national eGovernment services from the comfort of their homes, and perform administrative procedures such as visa application, commercial registration, electricity bill payment or health card renewal. In addition, users will be able to digitally sign official documents and forms on the web. Gemalto is also providing the associated services including software integration, training, support and maintenance.
The Gemalto solution requires no additional software installation by the end-user, they simply use their eID card as the single credential and a personal code to authenticate themselves. This pioneering technology allows web applications running in a standard web browser to seamlessly access a smart card connected to the user’s computer, thereby enhancing the security and usability of web applications. This also enables the Hukoomi portal to dynamically deploy and update its services in a transparent way for the citizens.
“Gemalto is a long-standing trusted partner with a strong presence in the Middle East and has a proven track record of eGovernment solutions all around the world,”commented Mohannad Oman Naim, Service Delivery Manager from ictQATAR. “The Coesys 2.0 solution is a key enabler to modernize our government services.”
“Building on the successful deployment of eID cards in Qatar, Gemalto is pleased to continue supporting the Qatari government to deliver new citizen-centric solutions,”added Hisham Surakhi Sales Director Middle East Government Programs at Gemalto.“Qatar is a pioneering country spearheading the eGovernment services of tomorrow, with convenience and security which open more access to eGovernment services for a greater number of citizens.”