German biometrics innovator DERMALOG has supplied the new biometric passports and IT system for registration and personalization of electronic passports to the Republic of Maldives. Additionally, DERMALOG delivered a new border control system, including automatic gates and a high-speed AFIS (Automatic Fingerprint Identification System) to Maldives Immigration.
The Maldives is the first country in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to introduce such a sophisticated biometric passport- and border control system.
The President of Maldives Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom has launched the new Maldivian biometric passports. They contain a highly secured polycarbonate data page with laser engraved photo and data. Each visa page of the passport has a different design, with numerous illustrations by Maldivan local artist Hussain Ali Manik. The controller of Maldives Immigration, Mr. Mohamed Anwar, highlighted in his opening speech that the new Maldives passport is now one of the most secure biometric passports in the world with 34 visible and invisible security features and full compliance to the highest security passport standards.
On the same day, in a special ceremony, the new DERMALOG eGates at Maldives’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport were opened. These enable passengers to pass border control by using their new passports for automatic immigration clearance. Passengers are requested to scan their new passports and boarding passes as well as their fingerprints. The automatic gate doors then open automatically and allow passengers to pass.
The biometric passports and automatic gates are complemented with a new border control system and with a high-speed Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), both from DERMALOG. Again DERMALOG leads the way when it comes to innovative biometric solutions for secure documents and automated border control.