Chinese province Shandong chooses Evolis systems for the instant issuance of millions of financial social security cards
Angers, November 29, 2016 – Evolis, the worldwide leader in personalization systems for plastic cards, has been selected by the Social Security department of the Chinese province Shandong for the personalization and instant issuance of multifunctional plastic cards. The cards are co-branded by the Shandong social security authorities and six Chinese banks and combine a debit card with a social security card.
Over 400 Avansia printers from Evolis integrating retransfer printing technology have been equipped with a specific smart card encoder by a Chinese system integrator before deployment in the banks end of December 2016. The contract, worth 1.2M $, includes consumables and spare parts. “We are proud that our company has been selected to be part of innovative high tech projects in China where multifunctional smart cards are becoming a real trend,” explains Emmanuel Picot, CEO of Evolis.
Several million cards to be issued over the next years
The Eastern Chinese region of Shandong is one of the most populous and most affluent provinces in the People’s Republic of China counting a population of around 97 million people. This innovative project has the aim to further develop the applications of the classic social security card, up to now issued centrally by the social security bureau. The new financial security card can be issued in the six partner banks ICBC, ABC, CCB, BC, PSBC and Rural Credit Cooperative as a multi-application card offering life insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance and maternity insurance as well as all functions of common debit cards such as cash withdrawal, transfer, card consumption, investment and wealth management and bill payment, etc.
Evolis proves once again its expertise in the banking and governmental sector
Evolis has been widely recognized as a leading provider of card issuance solutions to the Banking and Government sectors for the past 10 years. Numerous projects with governments around the world have been awarded to the French company for the instant issuance of secure identification cards, such as social security cards, national ID cards, voter cards or driver’s licenses and whereby hundreds of thousands of citizens can be equipped with a highly secure official card with minimum delay. In 2015, Evolis also became the world leader in decentralized issuance of payment cards with more than 55,000 systems installed in bank branches worldwide.
A dedicated project team
To meet the needs of such complex projects, a dedicated project team develops tailored solutions for system integrators willing to support any card-based project, whether local or global. Due to its flexible manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise, Evolis is able to position itself both on projects requiring large volumes of card issuance terminals and/or strong product customization.
Avansia, a system designed for high resolution printing
The Avansia system, released at the end of 2014, represents a new technology for Evolis, the retransfer. It allows users to print individually in offset quality and distinguishes itself by high durability. Avansia benefits from all types of encoding that can be combined: magnetic, chip with and without contact, for any type of highly secure card. Retransfer technology is suited for a large variety of applications such as secured access cards, student IDs, payment cards, official identification cards, driver’s licenses, and more.