Gemalto's biometric passports being used in over 30 countries


Digital security firm Gemalto has announced that its ePassport technologies are now being used in over 30 different countries.

The firm said that its position has been built on the supply of complete travel documents and key components such as polycarbonate data pages, visible and hidden document security features, electronic passport covers and ICAO-compliant embedded software.

In addition, the company said its secure embedded software has consistently "outperformed the competition" in international tests on speed over the last decade. Gemalto is also making an active contribution to the definition of international ePassport standards.

"Over the past decade, Gemalto has helped develop some of the world's most secure and attractive ePassports, including landmark projects in Algeria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and the USA," said Youzec Kurp SVP ID Document Solutions, Government Business Unit, for Gemalto. "Our success is based on close collaboration with partners, ensuring that the unique requirements of each project are always fully realized."

Introduced in 2005, the ePassport - which now represents 57% of passports in circulation - delivers enhanced fraud protection by incorporating a secure microprocessor that stores the holder's personal data and digital photo. Electronic passports include a standardized electronic portrait of the holder for facial recognition, which opens the door to a comprehensive range of automated, self-service airport services for passengers. This extends from check-in through to immigration control and boarding, resulting in an enhanced experience on arrival and departure. 

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