Atea becomes a part of Africa’s largest digitalization project

Today, 4.500 registration and card issuing stations, as well as hardware infrastructure will be sent by chartered flight from Billund to Accra, Ghana, to scale-up and expedite Africa’s largest national identification project.

Ballerup, October 10th, 2019 – In co-operation with IDFG Denmark, Atea, the market leader in IT infrastructure for businesses and public sector organizations in Europe’s Nordic and Baltic regions has become a key subcontractor in Ghana’s National Identification Project.

Ghana’s National Identification project’s key objectives were designed to deliver an identity management system that will promote equal access to physical and digital services, social inclusion and economic development.

Director of IDFG Denmark, Peter Blom has stated “Today, a significant portion of Ghana’s population does not hold formal identification and the side-effects of that include the unequal distribution of the country’s wealth. The Ghana Card will change that whilst also helping the government accomplish their aspirations of building a Ghana beyond aid” IDFG and Margins ID Group have found Atea to be a reliable contractor and an outstanding partner able to deliver exact client specifications in record time.

The One Nation – One Ghana Card project is being delivered to the Ghanaian people through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the National Identification Authority (NIA) of Ghana and Margins ID Group .The registration exercises are being exclusively carried out by the NIA whilst Margins ID Group has conceptualized, designed, built and financed and is co-operating the project with NIA through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) – Identity Management Systems II (IMS II).

Nils Løwe Larsen, who is the Atea project lead in the Ghana Card registration exercise is quoted as saying “We are proud to be part of Africa’s largest digitalization project. There is no doubt that the digital infrastructure being built in Ghana is going to create a better life for millions of people. The 4.500 registration kits sent off to Ghana are designed to be mobile and reliable containing only the newest hardware. The Mobile Registration Workstations (MRW’s) register the citizens using 4G technology to validate data and subsequently issuing and printing the ID cards on site.”

In order to register and to receive a Ghana Card, citizens are required to present their digital address, a valid passport or birth certificate or to be vouched by a registered relative or two people who are familiar with the applicant before a Commissioner of Oaths.

Their biometrics, consisting of all ten (10) fingerprints, irises and bio-data are fed into the system and their Ghana Card is printed instantly – the entire process takes approximately 20 minutes.
The Ghana Card has been designed to save cost through the elimination of other identity-capture systems and therefore has the capacity to hold up to 14 applets including (but not limited to) a payment platform, driver’s license, national health insurance, passport.

The level of technology and advanced security features make the Ghana Card one of the most sophisticated forms of national identification systems in the world and Atea is proud to be one of the providers of hardware and registration stations required to make this project successful.

For additional information:
Nils Løwe Larsen, Director, NGO Public, Atea
Telephone: +45 30 78 07 06

Peter Blom, director, Margins Group
Telephone: xxxx

Press Notes

Around 500 card issuing and registration stations have already been delivered by Atea, as well as new hardware infrastructure from Atea to host parts of the Central Site Software applications that run the National Identification System.
The additional supply of 4.500 card issuing and registration kits is expected to speed up the process significantly. Each registration kit consists of a laptop, a scanner, bio-metric registration units and a power bank. All units are packed and delivered in robust and shockproof PELIcases.

Currently, around 3 million Ghanaians have been registered leaving an estimated 27 million Ghanaian’s left to be registered. It is expected that the registration process will be completed by 2020.

The Atea contract was facilitated by IDFG Denmark (which holds significant investment in Ghana) and the two SPV’s – IMS I and IMS II alongside its partner Margins ID Group.