gemalto passportGemalto has announced that it is delivering its Sealys Premium Inlay and embedded Sealys eTravel Software for Colombia’s first national electronic passport program. Gemalto is working alongside Thomas Greg and Sons, a specialist in secure printing. The Colombian ePassports leverage Gemalto’s new flexible Sealys Inlay technology providing improved issuance and delivery capabilities to ensure rapid deployment of secure documents while enhancing travel for Colombia’s 38 million citizens.

Gemalto’s embedded Sealys eTravel software is ICAO Common Criteria certified and achieves industry-leading speeds for both personalization and secure data access. Combined with the flexibility and durability of the inlay, ePassport issuers benefit from improved personalization performance and cost reduction.

“Gemalto’s brand new products will help us optimize the efficiency of our bookbinding operations, while offering enhanced aesthetic qualities,” said Juan Carlos Yañez Arenas, Managing Director, Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia S.A. “With millions of Colombians who cross the borders each year, we need an ePassport solution that simplifies their travel logistics.

“Starting with the first EU compliant ePassport launched in 2005, Colombia is now the 30th country Gemalto is enabling to evolve from paper identity to eDocuments,” added Jérôme Desbois, Vice President of Government Programs for Latin America at Gemalto. “ePassports can be in the field for 10 years and the long term properties of the new inlays are confirmed by class-leading results in ICAO durability tests.”

As well as the head of the Krowne Communications GmbH, Steve Atkins is also the Program Director for the Silicon Trust and editor of the program's VAULT magazine – covering secure ICs, cyber security, contactless, NFC, mobile, blockchain and cloud-based technologies. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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