NXP releases thinnest contactless chip module for passport and ID cards

NXP Semiconductors N.V. released its new, ultra-thin contactless chip module that significantly improves the design flexibility of passport and identity cards. At only 200 μm thick ­– which is approximately four times the thickness of an average human hair – the MOB10 is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor, making it ideally suited for use in ultra-thin inlays for passport data pages and identity cards. The MOB10 is currently the thinnest contactless module available in high volumes and supports polycarbonate

Dermalog develops biometric multi-purpose card for Maldives citizens

Maldives Immigration has introduced a new multi-purpose biometric ‘Passport Card’ that can be used as a passport, for payments, a national ID card, a driver’s license, a health card, and an insurance card. Containing a combination of a dual-interface chip for contactless and contact card reading, the biometric card and system is developed by Dermalog and Maldives Immigration. “This is why the cards also contain 10 fingerprints for secure verification,” Gunther Mull, the CEO of Dermalog, said. “Together with Maldives

Australian passport authority developing facial recognition system

The Australian Passport Office is developing in-house a new facial recognition system to keep pace with the country’s two government biometrics initiatives, according to a report by IT News. The passport authority has been using facial recognition and other biometric technology since 2005 when it began using Cognitec Systems software to detect passport fraud. It later expanded on its use of biometrics in 2011, forming a dedicated panel of providers. The Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA) upcoming release of a trusted

GBG to acquire IDscan Biometrics and raise up to $33.8m in share placing

Identity intelligence firm GBG has agreed conditionally to acquire identification software provider IDscan Biometrics, and raise up to £25 million (US$33.8 million) through a share placing on AIM. IDscan Biometrics provides software that automates onboarding of customers and employees by simplifying the identity verification and data capture process. The company helps authentication of documents including passports, visas, ID cards, driving licenses, utility bills and work permits while also capturing facial biometrics. The agreement terms consist of £37 million cash on

Canadian government used facial recognition to detect passport fraudsters

Canada’s Federal government officials revealed they used facial recognition technology to identify 15 suspects wanted on immigration warrants, who all used false identities to apply for travel documents, according to a report by Times Colonist. Based on this success, the Liberal government is considering permanently using the facial recognition technology to help locate and arrest individuals ineligible to stay in Canada as a result of being involved in terrorism, organized crime or human rights violations. Federal officials began using facial

ISIS likely producing fake Syrian passports

A recent ABC News report says that U.S. authorities are warning that ISIS is producing authentic-looking passports with machines that the terrorist group captured during the Syrian conflict. The news organization obtained access to a 17-page intelligence report created by the Department of Homeland Security for local law enforcement agencies which noted that ISIS likely has been able to print legitimate-looking Syrian passports since taking over the city of Deir ez-Zour last summer. That city was home to a passport

Australia considering cloud-based passports

Australia and New Zealand are in talks to trial a passport-less travel system in which a traveller’s identity and biometrics data would be stored in the cloud, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. By storing traveller’s passport data in the cloud, passengers would no longer be required to travel with their passports and run the risk of having them lost or stolen. The idea for cloud passports was one of 10 finalists in the “DFAT Ideas challenge”

Biometric technologies impacting covert travel for special intelligence agents

Though biometric technologies and methods have helped to successfully identify global terrorists and immigration fraudsters who would otherwise be unknown, it has also simultaneously made it more difficult for undercover agents to keep their anonymity, according to a report by Foreign Policy. Undercover US special intelligence agents can no longer enter another country using a fake passport and donning a disguise to mask their real identity, as once their iris scan has been enrolled, it becomes extremely difficult for them

UK government implements mandatory exit checks

The Home Office in the UK has implemented a new initiative in which data on all travelers leaving the UK at ports and border crossings will be collected and given to the agency, according to a report by the BBC. The new rules are part of the Immigration Act 2014, which currently allows the government to collect data on passengers flying in and out of the UK. The new exit checks will now extend this data collection to all passengers

New automated passport control kiosks from SITA go live at New York airport

In an effort to provide a quick and smooth experience customs immigration process for passengers, 41 new Automated Passport Control self-service kiosks from SITA have gone live at JetBlue’s new international arrivals hall extension at Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport in New York. Airports, airlines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have collaborated to roll out of automated kiosks in phases to deal with the rapid growth in the number of passengers taking international flights, which the International Air