Report: More than 1.5 billion smart credentials to ship in the next three years

According to a new report from ABI Research, it is estimated that more than 1.5 billion smart credentials will be issued through 2014.

The market research firm says that while many large scale ID projects have been introduced or nearly completed by governments across the world, a new wave of smart card adoption with second and third generation upgrades will help to sustain the market.

"Smart card solutions are offering governments different ways to interact with their citizens," said ABI Research Group Director John Devlin in a statement. "They are not only using biometrics as an authentication method, but also rolling out e-government solutions for online interaction with citizens. The new German national ID card is the perfect example, with services being developed by 150-plus companies to allow online banking, registration for online shopping, airline check-in, online tax declaration, and car registration amongst others."

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