Veridos to upgrade Cyprus biometric passport and data collection system

Veridos to upgrade Cyprus biometric passport and data collection system

Veridos has won a contract with the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior of Cyprus to upgrade and manage the country’s system for biometric data collection, centralized personalization, and issuance of electronic passports, ID cards and residence permits, the company announced.

Upgrading efforts will involve removing outdated hardware and software equipment and replacing it with up-to-date units. Planned for release in the spring of 2020, the modernized documents will feature enhanced security and will be in line with EU guidelines. Under the partnership, Veridos is responsible with infrastructure maintenance and electronic document supply for the following three to five years.

Implementation efforts for the current system deployed in Cyprus were carried out by German manufacturer Bundesdruckerei in 2010. Veridos is a joint venture between Bundesdruckerei and the security group Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) created in 2015. The international eGovernment business was reassigned from Bundesdruckerei to Veridos, which is why the follow-up contract was signed with Veridos.

“We are very pleased that the long and successful cooperation between the Civil Registry and Migration Department and the Bundesdruckerei is now being continued by Veridos,” says Andreas Räschmeier, CEO of Veridos. “We will be modernizing the infrastructure in an extremely short period of less than six months. A smooth transition with the continuous issuance of secure and up-to-date documents to the citizens and legal residents of Cyprus will be guaranteed at all times”.

In July, Veridos signed a contract to provide the Mexican Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) with over 74 million biometric voter ID cards to improve voter verification and national security.

During last month’s Security Printers event in Copenhagen, Veridos revealed its SwipeUp ID, a new technology for authenticating the validity of identity documents.

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