May 5, 2014 -
Zetes has announced that it is now beginning to personalize Belgian biometric passports, following winning a tender for the project last year.
According to the company, more than 500,000 biometric passports will be personalized each year, using books from Gemalto. Zetes is also responsible for distributing ePassports to government authorities.
In these particular ePassports, facial images will be reproduced in multiple places throughout the document, in an attempt to thwart counterfeiting.
Lastly, Zetes will establish a disaster recovery site in Belgium, which can take over production in less than 24 hours should there be a problem at the main production site.
“Producing identity documents for our fellow citizens is always a great honour for Zetes and we do our utmost to ensure the strictest quality and security standards are maintained,” Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes said. “Everyone expects their personal data to be managed and handled with the greatest protection possible, and rightly so. That’s why we’re constantly investing in new technologies, our infrastructure and the latest, advanced certifications.”
According to new research, the global market for ePassports is set to grow at a CAGR of 32.5% over the period of 2012-2016.
As we reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Zetes’ contract for Belgian ePassports will last for five years.