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Gemalto wins identity document industry award for Finland’s new biometric passport


Gemalto and the National Police Board of Finland together won the Reconnaissance 2017 Award for Best Regional ID Document, reflecting their successful collaboration on the creation of Finland’s latest ePassport and eID card.

Reconnaissance is the organizer of the High Security Printing EMEA Conference and publisher of Currency News and ID & Secure Document News. The award promotes the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme.

The new ePassport and national ID card are the result of a highly effective partnership between Gemalto’s team of security experts, the National Police Board, and other stakeholders including the Finnish Immigration Service, Border Guard, Population Register Centre and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Finnish Police also welcomed input direct from citizens.

The biometric passport is fully compliant with the latest ICAO specifications for identity fraud protection and forgery prevention. An embedded contactless microprocessor stores the holder’s digital image and fingerprint scans. Numerous additional security elements are incorporated, including the Window Lock feature for photo protection and a negative ghost image that is laser personalized into a metallic foil hidden in a transparent window.

Earlier this week, Gemalto announced that it has completed the acquisition of 3M’s Identity Management Business after approval by the relevant regulatory and antitrust authorities.

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