The Croatian government has selected Entrust’s products for an ePassport PKI environment to secure citizen data on machine readable travel documents (MRTDs).
“From country-signing to country-verifying capabilities, Croatia is a leader in seamlessly implementing smart, efficient ePassport architecture for advanced border security,” says Bill Conner, president and CEO, Entrust. “This enables Croatia to continually evolve to comply with and exceed government standards.”
The company’s PKI technology, which was the foundation of the deployment, features both Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control (EAC) standards.
Through its reseller S&T Croatia, Entrust has provided automated Inspection System (IS) certificates, as well as management for centralised (IS concentrator) and distributed (standalone IS clients) passport verification terminals. Entrust says the flexibility of the PKI architecture offered support for mixed online/offline environments of individual components.
The PKI technology has been third party validated for FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria and has also been demonstrated in the ePassport EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests in the Czech Republic in September 2008.
EU member countries were required to add fingerprint data to MRTDs, with the biometric information protected through the EAC scheme by June 2009. EAC deployment mandates for the US have yet to be determined.