GhanaCards powered by cryptovision
19 October 2017 14:23 GMT

German identity tech firm cryptovision has highlighted the role it has played in development of Ghana's multi-application eID card.

In a recent blog post, the firm noted that the Ghanaian government rely on technology provided by cryptovision for the functions on the card and also the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as well as the token based access to the PKI.

Cryptovision CEO Markus Hoffmeister stated: “The GhanaCard PKI, which is designed for 16 million certificate holders, ranks among the most advanced certificate management systems worldwide - incorporating several certification authorities (CAs) and multiple certificates on each card. We are proud to have mastered the deployment of this PKI within an extremely short timeframe."
 
Alongside Ghana, cryptovision has implemented the eID card and infrastructure another ECOWAS country Nigeria. As Africa’s most populous country with nearly 180 million inhabitants, the Nigerian eID system is one of the largest ever built.

On September 15, 2017 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo received the first GhanaCard. The Ghanaian government has ambitious goals to issue a total of 16 million eID’s to citizens of the country within 12 months.

The GhanaCard is a multi-application document. In addition to the primary function of identity verification, it also serves as a passport equivalent for travel within the ECOWAS sub region. Further, it will enable strong two-factor authentication as a password replacement for eGovernment services online and will be used for digital signature of electronic documents.

It is also suitable for financial transactions as the plan is to enable citizens to activate the payment application after card issuance, contrary to the German electronic identity card (Personalausweis) and most other European identity documents.