Moldova inks deal with Gemalto


Gemalto has won a multi-year contract to supply next-generation ePassports to Moldova’s Center for State Information Resources ‘Registru’.

According to Gemalto, its complete ePassport booklet offer to CSIR Registru includes its secure Sealys eTravel embedded software and eCovers, as well as advanced visual security features. Gemalto is also providing integration services within the existing document issuance process. Introduction of the new generation solution begins in summer 2014. It will replace Moldova’s previous generation of passports and enable visa free travel for Moldovan citizens to the European Union.

Gemalto’s ePassport for Moldova stores a digital portrait and two fingerprint scans inside its contactless microprocessor.. The new programme will also be one of the first in the world to implement Supplemental Access Control (SAC), the latest security mechanism recommended by ICAO and mandated by the EU to protect the access to the data stored in the microprocessor. 

Gemalto says its Sealys eTravel embedded software is ICAO Common Criteria certified and has been designed to ensure that the Moldovan authorities enjoy industry-leading speeds for reading ePassports, resulting in swifter border crossing. Durable Sealys eCovers and inlays will deliver excellent wear resistance over their 10-year life. 

“As a major benefit for our citizens, the new document will facilitate access to countries that have deployed ePassport verification infrastructures,” says Serghei Railean, director general of CSIR Registru. “We are looking forward to working with Gemalto to provide Moldovan citizens with the latest eIdentity documents for unprecedented levels of security and privacy.” 

“This new contract further strengthens the company’s presence in Moldova,“ says Tommi Nordberg, senior vice president of Government Programs at Gemalto. ”An early mover in the process of visa liberalisation, Moldova needs to handle growing citizen demand for the biometric passport and Gemalto is fully dedicated to supporting the country in meeting this challenge.”


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