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Biometric Passports

The DRC launched biometric passports believed to be very secure and tamper-proof in 2007 and were made available to the public in DRC from April 1, 2009. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to give the contract to a foreign firm, the country's central bank objected, saying it had the expertise to produce them.

Biometric Voting Kits

Zetes, the European leader in automatic identification solutions and services for goods and people, has been awarded a contract for the delivery of 9,500 mobile biometric kits for Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of the 2011 presidential elections. The kits, which will be delivered in the second half of 2010, will be used to update the 2005 electoral lists established for the 2006 presidential elections.

Zetes develops and supplies the software that allows biographic and biometric data to be recorded and provides the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) software necessary to identify and eliminate any duplicate entries. It also provides the equipment’s technical maintenance throughout the enrolment period. In 2006, Zetes Industries has snapped up the cards division of Belgian company Idoc, which specializes in the production of secured identity documents. The €1.9 million acquisition means that the Zetes Group will now be able to provide the entire production chain for both contact and contactless smart cards.

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