Secunet PKI solution to authenticate Iceland electronic travel documents

Secunet announced that electronic travel documents in Iceland will be authenticated using the company’s Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in the fourth quarter. The move follows Secunet being awarded a contract in May to provide automatic border control system (eGates) to Iceland, as part of a co-operation between Keflavik airport operator Isavia, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the Sudurnes district police. Secunet’s PKI system and electronic identity document will enable border controls at airports to be conducted more

Czech border police award two contracts to secunet

German IT security firm secunet has been awarded tenders with the Czech border police to install additional automatic border control (ABC) eGates at Prague’s Václav Havel airport and to add a secunet Document Verifying Certification Authority (DVCA) to the background system used to process eID documents in the Czech Republic. Approximatly 85,000 passengers currently use the 10 eGates installed at Prague Airport to cross the border every month. In response to the positive experience with the EasyGO border control solution,

Semlex chosen for new Congolese passport

The Democratic Republic of Congo has chosen Semlex for the establishment of an identification management system and production of the country’s new biometric e-passport. Late last year, Semlex presented the new passport to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa. Identification of the population and the production of identity documents are the cornerstone of a modern state and are essential to its development. In this context, Congo sought a partner for the production of new passports. Ultimately, the country selected

Kuwait launching new e-passport system by September

Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Gen Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah announced yesterday that a new electronic passport system is expected to be launched in mid-September. According to a report in the Kuwait Times, Sheikh Mazen made the announcement at the 31st meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Directors General of Passport Authorities and said that the new system would take precedence over all other issues to be discussed at the meeting. Director General of

Biometrics and banking, access control and fingerprint technology trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Financial services Wells Fargo has been recognized with the “Most Innovative Feature Award” for its mobile biometric authentication application in its Commercial Electronics Office (CEO) portal by Barlow Research’s 2016 Monarch Innovation Awards. The bank has combined multiple biometric characteristics, including face plus voice and eyeprint id, to significantly improve security while simplifying the user experience for mobile banking access. Morpho is

South Africa makes smart ID application available online

In an effort to move services from paper to digital and eliminate lengthy queues at its offices, South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has launched the eHomeAffairs web site to let Johannesburg citizens apply for their smart identification document online.‎ The department expects to roll out smart ID and passport online application services to other parts of the country over the year. According to a report by IT Web, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the portal will allow

VFS Global launches mobile biometrics collection service for UK visa applicants in India

VFS Global and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have introduced an “On Demand Mobile Biometrics” service for UK visa applicants in India. The concierge style service is designed specifically for those who want their visa application process to take place in the comfort of their home, office, hotel room or any other location of choice, subject to risk assessment. According to a report by Business Standard, the on-demand service costs just over $1000 USD or about Rs 70,000 for up

Ireland’s selfie-friendly passport card wins international security award

Ireland’s new selfie-friendly passport card was a joint winner of the Best Regional ID Document at last month’s High Security Printing Europe Conference in Bucharest, Romania. The Regional ID of the Year Award is one of only two awards presented at the conference every year, along with the Regional Banknote of the Year Award. According to a report by, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan welcomed the win as “a significant and well-deserved peer-acknowledgement”, and said that Ireland is

Morocco selects biometric border control solution by Veridos

The General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) for the Kingdom of Morocco has selected Veridos to design and implement a national border control system for all ports of entry, including the entire IT infrastructure necessary for the project. Veridos will provide stationary equipment for fixed border posts and mobile systems for border control at land, sea and airports. The solution is based on the Veridos verification platform VeriGO, which enables the integration of pre-existing infrastructures and databases. Passports and travel

Biometric passport authentication technology by Vision-Box deployed at JFK airport

Beginning in January 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport deployed a system for biometric authentication of electronic passports allowing for biometric matching of a traveler’s face with the facial image stored on the identification document’s e-chip. Vision-Box revealed today that it is providing the core biometric technology, the vb e-pass desktop, as part of a facial recognition solution provided to CBP by Unisys Corporation for this initial deployment . This deployment