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PASSPORT & ID
In 1986 the late Hasan Fehmi Jamal founded GET in Oman as Al-Madina Development & Supply.
One of the early projects that GET handled was developing a document imaging and archiving application for the Royal Oman Police (ROP Hospital) patient record systems in 1991. Other projects followed from then on, such as Omani National ID, Omani Driving License and various other ID projects. At that time, GET provided a manual laminator involving special photo die-cut devices, which was eventually replaced by digital video printers that capture photos using still and video cameras integrated into the workstation.
By 1993, with the help of its technology partner Toppan, GET had developed the first digital plastic card printer solution in the Middle East – the CP2000 Toppan ID card printer, which was a larger size printer using dye-sublimation technology with secure registered holographic lamination. This eventually led to the development of the desktop version – the CP1000 Toppan ID card printer, which helped GET to secure the contract for the UAE’s Dubai Police driving license (the gold license), Abu Dhabi Police driving license, oil sector access cards, weapon cards and Ministry of Health cards.
In the same year, GET invested in R&D with Toppan Printing to produce a prototype of a digital paper printer and laminator that complies with ICAO and supports local languages. This eventually led to the production of the first Toppan passport printer, the MP300. Following this breakthrough, GET was awarded the contract for the UAE’s passport issuing project – the first bilingual digital Machine Readable Passport (MRP) printer that is compliant with ICAO standards.
GET’s Toppan MP300 passport printer allowed for single step digital printing and lamination on the data page in less than 60 seconds. With the UAE as a successful reference, GET went on to supply the passport issuing engines for countries such as Oman, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
By 1997, GET had moved from the dye-sublimation print process to the very high-end pigment ink technology with the MP300 G, which was utilized for passport-issuing projects of the USA, Canada, New Zealand and other countries. Similarly, with ID card printers GET migrated from CP1000’s dye-sublimation to CP300’s pigment ink technology, securing in the process the contract for Qatar’s National ID card.
By the year 2000, GET had developed a 600dpi digital MRP passport printer – the E2000, which was implemented in Canada, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Korea and Tanzania. Two years later in 2002, GET developed the CP400 ID Card Printer which lead to the US Department of Defense (DOD) contract award, with 2,000 printers installed worldwide, issuing more than 10 million Common Access Cards (CAC).
The year 2003 saw GET make a major move into the latest ePassport technology, having enhanced its E2000 printer with RFID encoding to print and personalize ePassports in compliance with ICAO Document 9303 (6th edition) for Electro-Machine Readable Travel Documents (eMRTD) – Passports & IDs.
A year later in 2004, GET started work on upgrading South Korea’s E2000 printers with RFID encoders for the issuance of the first ePassports on the E2000 printer. In 2007 a second version of the E2000 printer was developed which was later renamed the eP600 printer.
In 2010, Qatar National ID selected the CP400 as replacement for the CP300.
In 2012, GET launched the eP600 ePassport printer with built-in camera and RFID encoder for ePassport solutions. Moreover, GET continued to improve on the CP400’s resolution, size and speed, later launching the CP500 - the world’s only desktop 600dpi solid pigment ink retransfer ID card printing solution with built-in encoding capabilities (contact, contactless and MSR).
In 1998, GET pioneered the concept of SmartForms, a 2D barcode-enabled form that facilitates the collection and submission of data for 100% accurate results. It allowed companies and typing centers to make online transactions and payments to the UAE’s Ministry of Labor. SmartForms was the first of a number of solutions developed by GET for progressive government organizations and departments to automate and speed up ‘Government-to-Citizen’ transactions.
In 2001, GET introduced the concept of electronic payment in the UAE by implementing the innovative e-Dirham solution, which is still used to pay for various government services using Smart Cards. As the national electronic payment platform, eDirham eliminated the overheads of cash management and ensured effective protection from fraud. The combination of e-Dirham and SmartForms gave rise to another innovation by GET, that of the e-Stamp.
In 2003, building on its Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), which recognizes hand-written or machine-printed marks/characters on forms, GET developed the Census Management System. Achieving 100% accuracy in timely data processing of huge numbers of collected census sheets, the solution was successfully implemented at Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) - the largest census implementation in terms of population anywhere in the Middle East.
In 2004, GET extended its e-payment offerings by developing a comprehensive Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment solution (EBPP). Starting as a limited pilot for paying landline bills in Syria, the solution later expanded into a nationwide e-Payment platform continuously providing electronic payment for different bills and services for both the public and private sectors. The solution endorsed security and accessibility by enabling payment through multiple channels like IVR, mobile, web, kiosk, ATM, and specialized service centers, and using different payment media and gateways, such as pre-paid cards, e-vouchers and banks.
In 2005, GET developed a comprehensive Card Management System (CMS) to manage the issuance, post-issuance and administration requirements for different types of cards. GET CMS has efficiently complemented the company’s e-Payment and e-Community solutions offerings.
In 2007, GET developed a flexible Transaction & Tracking System (TTS), which enables government institutions and enterprises to track any transaction throughout the processing and delivery cycle, using barcode labels or electronic registration. It also allows customers to trace their transactions online through different channels. TTS has been implemented at several government departments throughout the GCC.
In the same year, GET developed an integrated e-Purse financial model for the health sector. It was the first rechargeable smart health card in the MENA region.
In 2008, GET integrated and extended many of its systems such as ID Card Issuance, Access Control Management, Vehicle Access Management, Time & Attendance, and others into e-Community, a modular integrated security and premises management solution. Implemented at more than 300 government and private institutions throughout the MENA region, e-Community uses biometric and/or card identification as a base for multiple security, payment and convenience applications.
In 2012, GET capitalized on its security expertise to develop a Check Printing solution, which includes design, production, printing and order management processing of checks. It was implemented at various banks in the MENA region.
In early 2016, GET Group is successfully rated with the fifth and highest level of the Capability Maturity Model Integration certificate; CMMI Level 5. The successful rating followed several months of meticulous evaluation taking place across GET Group's offices in both the UAE and Egypt, spanning 22 process area.
In late 2017,GET Group's IT Solutions Business Unit was renamed as the Smart Solutions Business Unit. The new name was selected to allow GET Group better present its capabilities and the sectors it targets, as well as reflect the Group's identity in a more descriptive manner.
At the beginning of 2018, GET Group reached another major achievement by being successfully rated with ISO standards 9001 for Quality Management and 27001 for Information Security..
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