Veridos awarded 12-year, €340M Bangladesh ePassport contract
Veridos, a joint venture of Giesecke+Devrient and state-owned Bundesdruckerei, has been commissioned with the supply, installation, and implementation of next generation ePassports and border control systems in Bangladesh. The contract, with a volume of around €340 million, will run for 12 years.
Bangladesh will move from machine readable to advanced electronic travel documents that meet the highest security standards. With more than 160 million inhabitants, Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most populous country and will provide the highest output of passports with color photos worldwide.
“Our citizens will get benefits from the ICAO-compliant ePassports with convenient and secure travel,” explained Major General Md Masud Rezwan, director general of the Department of Immigration and Passport. “With Veridos’s unique solution portfolio for the entire value chain for passports and their ID production expertise, we have found the perfect company to implement this turnkey project. With their support, we can enhance the technology by which we can assemble the ePassport booklets in Bangladesh. This creates highly skilled jobs and know-how transfer with Germany.”
“We are delighted to support Bangladesh in their transition to tamper-proof ePassports,” added Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Veridos CEO. “The project covers the whole process for travel document issuance. It starts with enrolment, data management, and personalization – all based on our well-proven IMAGO software. In addition, we will provide public key infrastructure and local document production. At the same time, we will establish state-of-the-art border control infrastructure including our VeriGO verification platform and the set-up of 50 eGates for automated border control at all international airports, seaports, and land ports in the country.”