De La Rue Smurfit has said it is supplying
De La Rue Smurfit, which is a 50:50 joint venture between De La Rue and Smurfit Kappa Group, the European paper and packaging group, said it supplied around 700,000 Irish passports last year. The new document is fully compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 9303 standard.
The ePassport features a contactless 72 KB chip supplied by NXP, which stores the bearer’s biographical details, as they appear on the details page of the passport, and a digital image of the bearer.
De La Rue produces 34 and 66 page books for the Irish Government in secure, controlled and audited conditions. They are manufactured in one of De La Rue’s high-technology ePassport production sites within the European Union. The confidentiality and integrity of the documents are secured during the Department of Foreign Affairs’ personalisation process. Layered technologies including digital signatures, Basic Access Control (BAC) to protect against electronic eavesdropping and data ‘skimming’ of the chip, and Active Authentication to prevent cloning are employed in the ePassport.
De La Rue says it is also responsible for producing the Irish emergency passport issued by the Government to citizens who have urgent travel requirements but do not have time to receive a standard passport through the usual application process. Emergency passports are personalised at the three Passport Offices in
The data page is secured by De La Rue’s MLIS solution, which is used by some 25 issuing authorities worldwide.