Gemalto biometric passports are being used in over 30 different countries

Gemalto announced that its biometric ePassport technologies are currently being used in over 30 different countries, including Algeria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and the United States.

The company highlights the ePassport technologies’ high level of security and the rapid and seamless border crossings they facilitate as key benefits in helping authorities strengthen homeland protection and improve the traveler experience.

Gemalto’s success in the field is built on a supply of complete travel documents and key components such as polycarbonate data pages, visible and hidden document security features, electronic passport covers and ICAO-compliant embedded software.

In addition, the company’s secure embedded software has consistently beat its competitors in international tests on speed over the last decade.

The company said it is actively contributing to the definition of international ePassport standards.

Initially introduced in 2005, the ePassport now represents 57 percent of all passports in circulation.

Electronic passports include a standardized electronic photo of the passport holder for facial recognition, which supports a range of automated, self-service airport services for passengers extending from check-in through to immigration control and boarding.

According to Gemalto, a new generation of ePassport will digitally store travel information such as eVisas and entry/exit stamps to support even more efficient immigration control.

Gemalto identifies several key trends in travel documentation including the fast migration to tamper-proof polycarbonate data pages, which significantly decreases the risk of fraud; rapid growth in secure digital identity credentials; and smart borders/smart airports emerging at a faster pace.

“Over the past decade, Gemalto has helped develop some of the world’s most secure and attractive ePassports, including landmark projects in Algeria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and the USA,” said Youzec Kurp, SVP of identification documentation solutions for Gemalto’s government business unit. “Our success is based on close collaboration with partners, ensuring that the unique requirements of each project are always fully realized.”

Earlier this week, Gemalto issued the results for H1 2017 in which the company’s total revenue was €1.39 billion (US$1.7 billion) and gross profit decreased from €84 million (US$100 billion) to €502 million (US$597.3 billion) compared to H1 2016.

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