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Gemalto, Zetes to provide Belgian ePassports


Gemalto has announced that it will supply Belgium with an ePassport, set to be introduced in 2014.

Specifically, Gemalto will provide the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs with more than 400,000 ePassports every year and Zetes will serve as the system integrator for the life of the 5-year contract. The financial terms of this deal have not been disclosed.

Under the five-year term, Gemalto will supply the Belgian ePassport program with its Sealys range of ePassport booklets, included its own ICAO embedded software. Zetes will be responsible for the personalization and delivery of the units.

“The Belgian ePassport is certainly one of the most advanced ever created,” Frédéric Trojani, Senior Vice-President of Government Programs at Gemalto said. “Our successful experience acquired through a large number of national passport programs worldwide has clearly enabled this accomplishment, for the benefit of Belgian citizens and Public Service alike.”

According to new research, the global market for ePassports is set to grow at a CAGR of 32.5% over the period of 2012-2016, and Gemalto is a vendor dominating this space.

Previously Gemalto also announced that it will supply its ePassports to Taiwan, for use in its new ePassport program.

More recently, the company announced that it will equip the Norwegian Police Directorate with an eBorder solution based on facial recognition.


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