Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

Border Security 2018

Border Security 2018 February 21-22, 2018 Crowne Plaza Rome, St Peter’s Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy SMi Group at proud to announce the 11th Annual Border Security conference and exhibition which will convene on the 21st-22nd February 2018 in Rome, Italy. With the migration crisis ongoing throughout the Mediterranean and mainland Europe, Border Security is at the forefront of planning for nations around the world. This year’s event will bring together senior border security experts from around the globe to

Putting technology at the heart of our post-Brexit immigration system

This is a guest post by Nora Blomefield, Head of Marketing for Border Management at Gemalto. As the ongoing saga of Brexit negotiations continue, attention is turning to what the UK’s borders might look like as part of a new arrangement. With traveller numbers only likely to increase over the next few years what is clear is that the process is only going to become more complicated. In fact, Brexit could cause travel chaos. In a matter of years, Brits

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

Acquisition to boost HID Global’s secure government ID offerings

HID Global has acquired government ID solutions firm Arjo Systems SAS for an undisclosed amount, expanding HID Global’s capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. “Our acquisition of Arjo Systems significantly advances our Government-to-Citizen ID business, broadening our geographical reach and giving us critical mass,” explained Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Arjo Systems is a strong fit for HID Global, complementing our existing government ID offerings with an expanded range of capabilities

Israel moves to biometric passports, ID cards exclusively

After several extensions of the pilot phase, Israel moved to biometric passports and ID cards exclusively beginning June 1, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The government launched the biometric database’s pilot phase in July 2013, which was supposed to conclude after two years. However, the pilot was extended three times until the Knesset passed the biometric database law earlier this year. Previously, citizens had the option of selecting either a biometrics-based or regular ID card or passport.

Maldives acknowledged for biometric passports and border control system

Maldives Immigration has been acknowledged with the international IAIR Award for its epassport and egates system, which was supplied by German biometrics firm DERMALOG. The IAIR award was given to government officials from Maldives Immigration during an official award ceremony held last week in Milan, Italy. With 27 advanced security features, the Maldives epassport is one of the most secure and world leading security documents today. Furthermore, the new Maldives epassport has a highly secure polycarbonate data page with laser

Hong Kong airports to introduce facial recognition at departure gates

The Hong Kong government announced last week that it will introduce a facial biometrics-enabled electronic channel service at airport departure gates, according to a report by Today. Foreign visitors will be prompted to place their e-passport on the reader before entering the e-channel. They will then be required to look into a camera while the system compares the newly captured image with the photo stored in the chip of their e-passport. The visitor’s identity is successfully verified when the two

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

Veridos will continue to provide ePassport to the Republic of Kosovo

Veridos announced it will continue to provide the Republic of Kosovo with ePassports for the next five years. In addition to providing Kosovo with ePassports, Veridos has been delivering an advanced system solution to personalize the ePassports for the last three years and will continue to do so. Veridos will also oversee data management as well as service and maintenance for the software and hardware infrastructure. “We are very proud that our partnership with the Republic of Kosovo will carry