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27 | 05 | 2005

HERMES SoftLab a Development Partner for HP’s National Identification System (NIS) Solution

Geneva, Switzerland, 27th of May 2005 – HERMES SoftLab has developed the information system for managing identification data for HP’s National Identification System (NIS) solution. The global presentation of the solution and partners participating in its development took place at the HP Invention Centre in Geneva.

In Geneva HP presented the NIS solution based on the Microsoft® .NET. platform. This allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an affordable price standard-based and technologically agile infrastructure that meets their changing needs regarding security and identification data management. Going beyond mere secure identification and authentication functionality, the solution enables modern national identification systems to allow citizens to access e-government services and conduct secure transactions. The solution also provides citizens with secure and intelligent identity documents. Furthermore, the modular structure of the solution enables national and regional governments to more easily include additional elements, e.g., biometric data.

HERMES SoftLab was, as a long-standing partner of HP, invited to participate as a development partner in the NIS project. For this project HERMES SoftLab developed the information system for managing citizen enrolment, personal registry, biometric verification, ID document personalisation and management at a national level. All of these functions are provided in a highly secure, reliable and very high performance information environment.

The most important objectives accomplished by HERMES SoftLab were the architecture and development foundations, fully scalable and extendable for further customisation and adaptation to suit the specific customer’s needs. The system has the ability to manage enterprise environments typically comprising a central site, several hundred remote sites, up to 10,000 client stations, 20 TB of user data and up to 100k complex enrolment transactions per day.

Gregor Smrekar, member of the Managing Board and Service Delivery Director: “HERMES SoftLab, with its top team of development engineers, managed to develop the information system for the NIS solution in a record three months. The project is a testament to our company being a credible development partner to large IT vendors, such as HP. Participation in the development of the HP NIS solution has given us an opportunity for further co-operation in the implementation of national identification systems, which HP has already announced at its presentation of the NIS solution in Geneva.”

The latest figures from the industry analysis firm Morgan Keegan ( show that the global identity management market is worth approximately $4.8 billion and is estimated to grow to roughly $10.7 billion by 2007.*

* Homeland Security Technology Industry Overview. Morgan Keegan, 2004.