HID Global reveals thinner ePassport datapages


Secure identity solutions firm HID Global has launched new secure polycarbonate (PC) electronic datapages, which are the heart of today's high-security e-passports.

Available in both standard (800um) and thin (600um) versions, the new datapages are among the industry's thinnest and enable governments to issue slimmer e-passports or add security layers on each datapage side to make them harder to forge, HID noted in a statement.

The company's thin datapages include its patented crack-prevention feature that extends datapage life when incorporating RFID chips. Security is enhanced through HID Global's hinge technology plus a choice of additional security features, such as laser engraving to reduce incidents of tampering and fraud.

Customized with unique antenna designs, the datapages are available with a choice of contactless e-passport integrated circuits (ICs) from leading chip suppliers. They also support all passport manufacturing equipment and other formats, upon request. Datapage artwork can be customized for local, regional and national design requirements.

"As the leading independent provider of complete secure contactless polycarbonate datapages, HID Global is committed to giving governments the most secure datapage options possible for their ePassport programs," said Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions with HID Global.

"ePassport demand continues to grow and we are now one of the few suppliers in the world to now offer a thin datapage along with everything else required for a complete solution that ensures the best possible experience for travelers carrying identification documents."

HID Global datapages fully comply with ICAO standards and have recently been recognized for their valuable benefits in the award-winning Irish ePassport program.

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