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In 1999, Botswana was the first SADC country to successfully introduce identification cards with AFIS (automatic fingerprint identification systems) with the assistance of Face Technologies, a leading provider of turnkey systems and business solutions in identification technologies, security and access control. Face Technologies, working with a local Botswana company, Card Technology Securities, was awarded the contract to produce new identification cards for Botswana and to design the government's new Omang system for Botswana's national identification register. The latest project in security printing is the Smart Card Management Software.

Smart Card Management Software

In September 2009, Bell ID announced that it will be providing its smart card management software to the retail division bank of BancABC to secure, manage and personalize its Visa EMV cards in all five sub-Saharan operating countries, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Bell ID’s ANDiS4EMV solution is made up of a Web-based multi-application card management and key management system with on-board EMV data preparation. The flexibility of the GlobalPlatform compliant system enables configurations for multiple card issuers with different card application and chip technology requirements.

Electronic Passport

In 2008, a multi-million tender for the production of a more secure Botswana passport and a new border control system has finally been awarded to a German company, Giesecke and Devrient (G&D). The multi-million Pula award comes at a time when Botswana has been warned by the UK and other European countries to improve its passport security features. Botswana passports' poor security features have resulted in easy forgeries by criminals. The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has announced in March 2010 that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is now receiving applications for issuance of the new machine readable electronic passport in Gaborone.

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