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Gemalto Secures eGovernment Services for Oman

Appointed by Omani Authority as Prime Contractor to lead national project

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been appointed by Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA) as prime contractor to secure the country’s eGovernment services. The full solution encompasses strong authentication and digital signature using the eID card, as well as mobile authentication using a mobile handset. This will allow citizens and residents of Oman to securely access eGovernment services, with the authentication method that best suits their lifestyles.

Acting as a turn-key solution provider, Gemalto is delivering the complete Coesys eGov2.0 software together with the associated services including training, support and maintenance. The solution will establish an infrastructure of trust with its citizens to expand the country’s online government services offer and enhance the user experience.

Omanis can securely carry out administrative procedures online and digitally sign official documents and electronic forms without the need to physically visit government offices. The solution doesn’t require any additional software installation from the end user and works on any personal computer.

“Our goal is to increase security and broaden the range of government services available online to ease the lives of our citizens, while also modernizing our administrative processes and optimizing costs,” said Salem Al-Russaqui, Chief Executive Officer, ITA Oman. ”We are now linking the access management and security of our eGovernment portal with eID cards and mobile ID using mobile handsets. Gemalto’s expertise in security software and system integration was instrumental to bridge the physical and online worlds.”

“Oman has a proven track record in using innovative technology to pioneer eGovernment projects,” added Hisham Surakhi, Sales Director for Government Programs in Middle East at Gemalto.” Following the successful implementation of eID cards with the e-purse and eVoting features, we are fully dedicated to supporting Oman in breaking new ground with an expanding range of new online services.”