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Citizen identification digitalized in Ghana

Stronger societies are made possible when all citizens are accounted for and empowered to fully participate in the world economy. That’s historically been a significant challenge in the Republic of Ghana, where a significant majority of its population does not possess formal government identification. That challenge fuels economic hardship. It prevents citizens from gaining access to government services, limits their participation in democratic elections, and contributes to the unequal distribution of national wealth.

Ghana’s National Identification project was designed to solve this problem.

As Africa’s largest digitization project, it entails implementing an identity management system that will promote equal access to physical and digital services, social inclusion and economic development.

In 2019, Atea became a subcontracting partner in this project.

As a result, more than 5,000 bundles of registration and identification kits are being sent to this West African country so that its citizens can be issued an all-new Ghana Card. Nils Løwe Larsen, Atea Denmark’s Senior Sales Manager (NGO) explains: “Each bundle is like getting a small office. It includes everything you need for registration as well as a card-issuing kit with hardware infrastructure.” It contains a variety of hardware connected with USB hubs and a power solution in a specially designed robust and mobile case. As a result, each registration kit can run for more than 24 hours and is put in a shockproof case designed for being transported on bumpy roads to remote villages where there is little or no electricity.

“One of our goals," Løwe Larsen explains, was to design a solution where the majority of the hardware inside the case was already connected. That way, the registration kit is ready to use within five minutes. When your objective is to register more than 100,000 people per day in more than 2,000 registration centres, it is critical that you do not have to spend an hour per kit unpacking all of the equipment and connecting everything."

The outcome of the Ghana Card will mean cost savings, thanks to the elimination of other identity-capture systems, while delivering many services in an all-in-one solution. It has the capacity to hold up to 14 applets including—but not limited to—a payment platform, driver’s license, national health insurance and passport.

“This is really a socio-economic inclusion project,” says Løwe Larsen.” Helping people in Ghana to become fully part of the global economy means higher standards of living, better access to services and a more sustainable future.”

Facts:

• Pre-configured deployment servers
• Software installed on 5,100 units
• Assets labeling on 44,000 units
• 90 tons of hardware on 300 pallets, packed and shipped

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