PCCW wins ID card contract
Hong Kong's first batch of smart identity cards capable of storing detailed information will be issued from July next year, with each one costing at least $35 to produce, the Government said on Tuesday.
A seven-company international consortium led by Pacific Century CyberWorks Business e-solutions won the $163 million contract to provide the hardware and software and supply the 1.2 million blank smart cards.
Immigration Department Deputy Director Eric Wong Tat-po said the winning tender was 'the best deal'.
Because of fears over data privacy and security, a new scheme to grade bidders had placed more emphasis on quality than price, Mr Wong said.
The consortium also includes Trub Switzerland; Cogent Systems of the US; Keycorp Limited, Australia; Mondex International, Britain; Singapore-based ACI Worldwide and Hong Kong's SecureNet Asia Limited.
Principal immigration officer Raymond Wong Wai-man said systems proposed by four short-listed consortiums had been demonstrated.
Eleven consortiums bid for the project with the lowest price below $10 million and the highest at $770 million.
The new cards will replace all 6.8 million ID cards by March 2007.
They also will serve as library cards and driving licences.