Chile extends Idemia contract to supply and support digital ID documents by a year

Chile renews Idemia contract for one more year to supply and support digital ID documents, originally a 10-year contract reduced in cost from $700 million to $276 million.

Chile’s authorities extended Idemia’s (a company specialising in biometric identification services) contract to help upgrade the country’s civil registry is being extended by a year. Chile had signed an initial 10-year contract with Idemia, which involves the provision of digital ID cards and biometric passports by Idemia. However, the cost has reduced from the initial US$700 million to $276 million after the Chilean Civil Registry declared that it would operate the system. Idemia has been offered a one-year extension to maintain the old system.