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Panama Chooses Consortium led by Morpho for new e-Passport


The Government of Panama will be issuing e-Passports to its citizens and it has commissioned a consortium led by Morpho, a leading provider of electronic documents and identity management solutions, to supply the enhanced documents.

Working with Morpho are Thomas Greg and Sons, a specialist in secure printing, and IAFIS Group, Morpho’s trusted partner for implementation and management of biometric project in Latin America.

For the record, Morpho has delivered advanced biometric system in 18 Latin American countries. Now, the company is set to deliver state-of-the-art, highly secure e-Passports to the citizens of Panama.

As stipulated in the contract, biometric enrollment stations will be delivered by Morpho. These enrollment stations will be equipped with facilities needed to capture photographs, fingerprints and signatures of passport applicants. To ensure secure issuance of e-Passports, Morpho will provide a latest-generation identity management and document personalization system as well as maintain the system for a five-year period.

For the e-passport itself, the pages will be made of polycarbonate materials, considered the most resistant material in the market today. The pages will be laser-engraved, which will give that added high-level security to the citizens of Panama against identity theft, protection of privacy and secure identification of passport holders.

According to Carmen A. Bernardez, National Passport Director of Panama, Morpho was chosen based on its sound experience in identity management, biometrics and secure electronic documents: “We are confident in Morpho’s ability to deliver a secure solution that meets industry standards.”

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One Reply to “Panama Chooses Consortium led by Morpho for new e-Passport”

  1. “We are truly proud that our cutting-edge biiomtrec technology has allowed the UIDAI authority to reach the two million milestone in this large-scale project,” said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho. -2 million electronic identities on the CIDR (Central ID Repository).They all have to be unique.Uniqueness is established biiomtrecally.Each set of biiomtrecs must be proved to be different from every other set of biiomtrecs.That involves making 1,999,999,000,000 comparisons.M. Jainsky can only be proud if he can prove that all those comparisons have been done and that there are no duplicates.Some questions for M. Jainsky:1. Have those comparisons been done? (If not, why is he proud?)2. How long did the comparison process take?3. How many duplicates were discovered? (UIDAI speak of a false positive identification rate of 0.0025%, so we should expect 49,999,975 duplicates.)4. How long did it take to resolve these anomolies?5. How many people who tried, could not be enrolled onto the CIDR?6. What will happen to them, how will they be able to live in a society dependent on biiomtrecs to verify identity?Questions 5 and 6 will become gradually more and more important.Questions 1-4 are important now.If Morpho can’t prove that unique identification is being delivered now, there is not much point registering the next 1,198 million people.Is the unique identification authority able to deliver unique identification with Morpho’s technology? Yes or no?Over to you, M. Jainsky.

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