Monday 28 September, 2020

PBS wins contract for Barbados' national ID project

Charley Brown (left), Permanent Secretary (ag). Ministry of Innovation Science and Smart Technology  and Elvin Nash, General Manager, Productive Business Solutions (Barbados) Limited sign a contract for PBS to provide services for the new Barbados Digital ID and National ID card replacement project.

Charley Brown (left), Permanent Secretary (ag). Ministry of Innovation Science and Smart Technology and Elvin Nash, General Manager, Productive Business Solutions (Barbados) Limited sign a contract for PBS to provide services for the new Barbados Digital ID and National ID card replacement project.

Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Barbados, a subsidiary of the Musson Group of Companies, has been awarded the contract by the Government of Barbados to provide services for the island’s new Digital ID and National ID card replacement project. 

The project is to be completed by December this year.

Under this contract, the Ministry of Innovation Science and Smart Technology (MIST) and PBS Barbados, PBS will supply the software, ID cards, printers and professional services.  Three hundred thousand residents of Barbados will benefit.

In making the announcement, Michael Lewis, PBS Group Chief Operating Officer for the Caribbean, explained that the Digital ID and National ID Card replacement project is a major transformational initiative of the Government of Barbados that will be executed by MIST and the Electoral Department. 

Negotiations between PBS Barbados and the Government of Barbados took place over three years.

Lewis noted that on completion of the project the Digital Identity System will provide user authentication in online transactions and facilitate the signing of documents electronically.

The system will also facilitate the secure electronic transfer of information for a range of activities such as e-commerce, Internet banking and e-communications.

“It will use new smart card technology (plastic cards with embedded computer chips), as well as mobile phone technology to enhance the security and integrity of Barbados’ National ID system and support a wide range of public and private sector services,” Lewis said.

In 2019, a PBS Jamaica-led consortium was also awarded a contract for the provision of Data Centre Hardware, Software, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and the National Identification System (NIDS) solution to be implemented In Jamaica over five years.

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