Oberthur Technologies delivers ePassport solution in Uzbekistan

Oberthur Technologies has announced the signing of the final acceptance of the Uzbekistan e-Passport system. As a system integrator, Oberthur has implemented an end-to-end identity system, including citizen enrolment, e-passports, personalization, document verification, border control and authentication in Uzbekistan. According to the company, Oberthur also provides a strong Public Key Infrastructure, based on system-One PKI for eMRTD, which is compliant with ICAO and EAC standards. In addition, says the company, Oberthur Technologies has closely assisted the Uzbek government in the

Peru set to introduce e-passport this year

It’s recently been announced that Peru will introduce a new e-passport later this year. As a part of wider efforts to increase security and immigration control, the new passports will contain a chip with personal information, including fingerprint scans and a digital signature. Reported in Andina.com, foreign resident registration cards will also contain the new chip. Peru currently issues 500,000 passports each year, and an immigration official has said that though the costs are not definitive, it’s likely the agency

European Commission takes Belgium to court of biometric passports

More than three years after the deadline was set for issuing biometric passports with fingerprints, Belgium still fails to comply with this requirement. As a result, the European Commission has referred the country to the Court of Justice of the EU, requesting that Belgium expedite the delivery of these biometric passports. This regulation applies to all EU member-states, except the UK and Ireland, as well as the associated Schengen Area members and this point, Belgium is the only EU Member

Nigerian Interior Ministry warns of increase in claims of lost e-passports

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Anastasia Daniel-Nwabia, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior of Nigera, stated concern over increasing claims of lost e-passports by Nigerians in the Diaspora, allAfrica reports. “The loss of the e-passport is one of the major problems we are having; it forms about 90 per cent rejection of applicants. If you lose your passport you must convince the officials before it can be re-issued.” Nigeria, like many African countries, is implementing

Trüb continues to supply for Lithuanian ePassport

Trüb has signed a new agreement to continue to provide electronic and secure polycarbonate data pages for Republic of Lithuania ePassports. According to the firm, the electronic data page is attached to the ePassport booklet through a patented and robust page binding element, and is designed for a lifespan of 10 years. Issuance of passports with an electronic polycarbonate data page started in January 2008. The chip stores personal data, a facial image and two fingerprints of the document holder.

SITA joins NEC Europe to provide biometric automated border control

SITA, the air transport IT specialist, and NEC Europe, leaders in biometric technology, announced an agreement to jointly provide an automated border control (ABC) gate solution. It incorporates sophisticated biometrics technology for use at immigration control points at airports in the European Union. The agreement comes as EU member states implement recommendations to move to self-service border control using ABC gates. The speed and accuracy of this SITA/NEC automated border control gate helps speed up passenger flows at border control

China to Roll Out E-Passports to Citizens

China will rolls out e-passports to its citizens starting May 15, 2012. This is to protect the personal data of its citizens as well as ensure national security. Although valid old passports can still be used, new passport applicants will have their thumbprints and signatures stored digitally. The e-passport is a 48-page document with an anti-forgery label found on each page. A chip is placed at the last page and this chip holds the owner’s information such as name, photograph