Irman said that the e-KTP project in Indonesia cost a total of around Rp 6.3 billion (US$733,000) for the production of around 160-170 million cards. This amounts to Rp 35,000 for every e-KTP.
“Compare it to Malaysia, where it costs as much as Rp 85,000 per KTP or the one in Germany which costs R 450,000,” Irman said Friday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
Irman conceded that there is a difference in chip capacity. The Malaysian e-KTP has a 32 kilobyte capacity, while the Indonesian e-KTP is only 8 kilobytes.
However, the Indonesian e-KTP is complete with interface technology that can be applied to widen the use of e-KTP to other applications.
Irman said that a large-capacity chip was not really needed, and that a 32 kilobyte chip would inflate the budget to around Rp 16 trillion. Referring to other countries, Germany uses a 16 kilobyte chip, while China uses a 4 kilobyte chip as it does not record fingerprints.
Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said that the use of 4 kilobyte chip for the e-KTP had actually been considered.
“When we discussed it further with technical team from 15 ministries and institutions, we agreed to use the 8 kilobyte chip,” he said, adding that an image of recorded fingerprints on the 8 kilobyte chip is much sharper and therefore much more readable.