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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, the Czech border police have selected secunet, in collaboration with partner Vítkovice IT Solutions a.s., to install three new turnkey eGates in the arrival area, and four new eGates in the departure area to be deployed in the coming weeks.

secunet, with the support of Vítkovice IT Solutions, has also been selected by the Czech police to add a DVCA component to the background system used to process electronic identity documents.

According to a statement by the company, the DVCA is needed to read data from electronic ID documents protected by the EAC security protocol. The expansion of the background system will allow Czech border control authorities to examine electronic identity documents in full at all national border inspection posts in the future. The project is scheduled to complete by the end of the year.

“The expansion of the EasyGO eGate project and the implementation of a DVCA component represent a substantial contribution in terms of the sustainable approach being pursued by the Czech border police,” said Petr Malovec, Head of the Czech border police’s National Centre for Border Situations. “We are delighted to be working with our reliable partners secunet and Vítkovice IT Solutions a.s. once more, and are sure that the projects we have commissioned will be implemented in a timely manner and to the usual high standards.”

Norway is helping to fund both projects through the Norway Grants program. The program helps support projects by NGOs, scientific institutions, private companies and public bodies.

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