Angola introducing biometric passports

The director of Angola’s Foreigners Migration Service (SME) revealed last week that the Angolan government plans to start issuing passports with enhanced security measures, including biometric data, Macau News Agency reports.

Gil Famoso said that the proposed amendment of the passport law will be presented ‘very soon’ to move from the current document to the biometric passport with greater security measures, explaining that “The change will contain three levels of visual security, verifiable through electronic and security equipment and through specific conformation techniques and forensic techniques.”

Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) recently announced a new and active anti-skimming solution to secure electronic passport data. S-Lock, a patented solution, is an active jamming device designed to protect citizens’ secure data from hacking through RFID waves.

According to Technavio the global ePassport market is undergoing an increasing demand for production of the technology required for biometric passports, which will increase the inflow of new entrants and widen the growth scope for the already established vendors. A report from the research company found that the ePassport market will grow 26% CAGR through 2021.

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