Oberthur Technologies to provide Nepal with digital passports and enrolment stations

September 16, 2015 - 

Oberthur Technologies (OT) announced that it has been selected by the Nepalese government to provide 2.5 million machine-readable passports (MRP) and 50 Live Enrollment Center (LEC) enrollment stations across 10 global locations as well as in the Department of Passports in Katmandu.

The move expands on Nepal’s long-term partnership with OT in which the company provided the country with 4.5 million MRP over the last five years.

With this latest contract, OT will provide the Nepalese government with the next 2.5 million passports as a result of an end-to-end solution producing and personalizing secure machine-readable passports in a dedicated center in Katmandu.

The Nepalese government will be able to quickly deliver secure MRPs to all its citizens whether they live in Nepal or abroad due to the 50 enrollment stations provided by OT.

Besides Nepal, the LECs will be available in 8 other countries with the highest concentration of Nepalese, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, the United Arad Emirates, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Hong Kong and the United States.

As a result, Nepalese citizens living abroad will now be able to access the enrollment stations so their personal data, including biometrics, can be captured by the LECs.

They will be directly sent through a secure connection to the Nepalese Department of Passport and the passport personalization center in Katmandu, managed and maintained by OT.

The new process will significantly reduce the passport application transit time and will allow a much faster passport delivery service for Nepalese who previously submitted printed passport demands.

“We are particularly proud that the Nepalese government has renewed its trust in OT’s ability to supply both machine-readable passports and secure enrollment stations,” said Christophe Fontaine, managing director of OT’s citizen access and identity business unit. “This new contract further reinforces our long term privileged relationship with Nepal and proves our leadership in supplying secure and reliable identity management solutions globally.”

Previously reported, Oberthur Technologies launched of a new range of products for the identity and access security market.

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