“MyKad, or Government Multipurpose Card, (GMPC) is the official compulsory identity card of Malaysia. It is regarded as the world’s first smart identity card. Part of the Multimedia Super Corridor flagship applications, it was officially launched on September 5, 2001 and incorporates a microchip, which contains several items of data including biometrics. As of 2006, MyKad has eight current and several planned applications which are mostly related to proof of identity or electronic money.” – Source Wikipedia.
Malaysian software developers can make great use of the MyKad when writing software for the local Malaysian Market. Every time we visit the Clinic, Insurance Firms or just visit friends at Condo’s, we are asked to produce the MyKad. The details are taken down, usually written into a log book. Now with computer system’s becoming ever more cheaper, it is not costly or difficult to implement a system to capture data from the MyKad in to a computer system. This saves time and also helps to make sure you are dealing with the actual owner of the MyKad. You will also have the history of people who visit your place. If you run a kindergarten or tuition centre, it will be easy to register parents and students.
Check out the Easy MyKad Reader Lite Software on this site. Soon I will be bring out more software based on this capture software.
Read about the MyKad write up in The Star News Paper.