September 4, 2013 -
President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev has been issued the country’s very first biometric passport, in line with a new state program on establishing biometric identification. Equipment and parts for the new passports have been supplied by Trüb AG.
Reported in APA, the new biometric passports are now being issued and the time that citizens obtain them is based on state taxes.
The new passports contain facial data, as well as finger and palm prints of passport holders. According to a report in News.az, Trüb AG has been awarded the contract to supply the equipment for the new passports as well as the polycarbonate data pages it now contains.
Reported previously, Trüb has also been awarded the contract to provide dual interface polycarbonate eID cards in Azerbaijan for its national eID program. In addition, the company has installed personalization and quality assurance equipment along with training, maintenance and support for the project.
According to recent research, revenue for the global biometrics market is anticipated to reach $20 million by 2018, and national identity programs and biometric passports are major growth drivers for the industry.
There are currently many active biometric projects and objectives in Europe and Asia according to a recent Steria survey, more than half of Europeans support biometric systems for ID documents or ePassports. Azerbaijan is a Eurasian country.