Biometric United States passport issued in 2007
Biometric United States passport issued in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silicon Trust Executive Board Members Infineon Technologies and Gemalto announced the  five-year contract win from the Government Printing Office (GPO) to deliver security chip technology  and ICAO compliant electronic eCovers and secure pre-personalization services. GPO will supply the complete electronic passport book and related services to The Department of State for issuance to U.S. citizens. 
Both companies have been  primary suppliers to GPO since inception of the Electronic Passport which began deployment in 2005.

According to the Gemalto announcement, during this new contract assessment phase, the Gemalto SealysTM solution was thoroughly evaluated and confirmed to meet the agency requirements for privacy protection, production yield, durability and communications performance. Since 2005, GPO has produced more than 80 million passports containing secure electronic devices.
“ePassports provide effective, efficient and rapid passage through border control points, addressing two major concerns for the Department of State: ease of use and, above all, security,” said Neville Pattinson, senior vice president, Gemalto North America. “This new contract award reinforces Gemalto’s position as the number one identity solutions provider for the U.S. Federal Government, securing the identities of U.S. citizens and government employees.

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