Gemalto delivers biometric passport solution to East Timor

Gemalto has partnered with the East Timor government to start issuing biometric passports to its citizens. Gemalto’s end-to-end solution includes the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of tools including easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, are to provide support and maintenance services and KOMSCO has been subcontracted to

Gemalto wins identity document industry award for Finland’s new biometric passport

Gemalto and the National Police Board of Finland together won the Reconnaissance 2017 Award for Best Regional ID Document, reflecting their successful collaboration on the creation of Finland’s latest ePassport and eID card. Reconnaissance is the organizer of the High Security Printing EMEA Conference and publisher of Currency News and ID & Secure Document News. The award promotes the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme. The new ePassport

EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

Imprimerie Nationale Group delivers multi-biometric ID documents platform for Republic of Djibouti

In an effort to modernize and harmonize the ID document production and issuance process, the Imprimerie Nationale Group has deployed a multi-biometric ID documents platform for the Republic of Djibouti. This fully scalable multi-ID documents solution allows for the issuance of: biometric passports for Djibouti citizens; resident permit cards for foreigners, and; visas. The biometric ID documents are compliant with the international ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards in order to facilitate the travel of Djiboutians throughout the world. They

Kyrgyzstan to replace ID cards with biometric passports

This week, the Kyrgyzstan State Registration Service (SRS) Chairman Tayirbek Sarpashev told a parliamentary committee that the SRS has plans to replace citizen ID cards with biometric passports by year-end, according to a report by the 24 News Agency. According to Sarpashev, an agreement has been reached that will see Japan donating a significant number of machines to read biometric passports to Kyrgyzstan by March 2017. Back in 2015, Japan committed to donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology

NXP details top three global trends in biometric passports

NXP Semiconductors has identified its top three trends in electronic passports (ePassports or biometric passports) as increasing functionality, stronger security, and the ePassport complemented by ‘virtual mobile identity’. Seven hundred thirty million out of 900 million passports issued are ePassports, with 120 countries claiming that they are currently issuing ePassports, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). NXP explains how ePassport functionality is continuously evolving, with ICAO initially introducing BAC (Basic Access Control), then EAC (Extended Access Control), and

Britain accepting passport photos captured on phones to simplify facial recognition matching

Britain’s passport office said it will now accept photos taken on mobile phones when British applicants renew their passports online, according to a report by The Economist. Those individuals applying for their first passport will still be required to have hard copy photos countersigned by a professional acquaintance to verify their identity. However, “selfies” are prohibited as all photos must be taken from a distance of 1.5 meter (4.9 feet). The new feature is a part of developing Home Office

Biometrics to replace passports at Australian airports

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced plans to implement a new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020, which will include replacing existing paper ID passports with face, iris and/or fingerprint recognition, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Budgeted to cost $94 million over five years, the Seamless Traveler system aims to make the airport process more efficient by enabling 90% of arrivals to automatically pass unmanned electronic stations at some time between

Bahamas government to intro new biometric passport this month

Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration announced earlier this week that the government will introduce a new series of biometric passports at the end of the month, according to a report by Tribune 242. According to the Bahamas High Commission website, the new Bahamas electronic passport securely stores biographical information and a digital image that is identical to the holder’s facial photo displayed in the passport. The ePassport is embedded with contactless chip technology which allows the stored information

More e-passport gates at London airport

As part of its £115 million transformation plan, London Luton airport will be installing additional five e-passport gates at its terminal this month, according to a report by Business Traveller. The e-gates use facial recognition technology to provide identity and security checks and can be used by European Economic Area nationals travelling with a biometric passport. “Working with Border Force to introduce more automated e-passport gates is a great indicator of how we’re aiming to make our passengers’ journeys as