Giesecke & Devrient contracted to supply passports to Iraq

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been contracted by the Republic of Iraq to produce and deliver the Iraqi passports for the next years. These passports will be machine-readable and meet the requirements laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for international travel. The first batch of identification documents will be handed over to…

India starts tender process for nationwide ePassport scheme

Five years after initiating the first phase of the ePassport scheme in India, the government is reported to move on the roll out of the much anticipated next phase. Piloted in 2008, ePassports were issued initially to diplomats and other high-level officials. Now, after a successful, albeit long, trial period, the responsible Ministry of External…

Suprema inks biometric ePassport contract with Mexican Government

Suprema Inc. has won a nationwide electronic passport project for the Mexico Government. The project, steered by Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE, Ministry of Exterior) of Mexico, is aimed to develop passport issuing system for 2.7 million electronic passports across all 32 states in Mexico including the Federal District of Mexico City. With the initial…

Taiwanese ePassports take off

The number of Taiwanese nationals applying for electronic passports has grown 25 percent in October from a year earlier, getting a boost from Taiwan's inclusion in the United States' visa waiver program, a foreign ministry official said Sunday. Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Thomas Chen said the bureau issued 96,047 e-passports between Oct. 1 and…

Schiphol to process millionth passenger using eGate border crossing technology

The Automated Border Control System, the electronic border crossing gates or e-gates, at  Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, has processed nearly 1 million passengers and is on target to reach that milestone in December. The eGates, which were deployed in March 2012, were developed by Accenture  and Vision-Box for the Netherlands Ministry of Internal Affairs and have reduced transit…

Kosovo issues biometric passports with polycarbonate datapages from Trüb

Kosovo is issuing a new generation of biometric passports with datapages manufactured by Trüb. The datapages are made of polycarbonate and contain a chip module. The Austrian State Printing House (OeSD) acts as the general contractor, manufactures the passport booklet and integrates the datapages.    Kosovo and the Austrian State Printing House (OeSD) have signed a contract…

New passport personalisation machine for desktops

Up to now, most laser personalisation machines for electronic passports were big. This was not economically feasible for countries with decentralised personalisation which were in need of "desktop" machines. Bundesdruckerei GmbH has responded to this need with its new desktop personalisation machine, ME 3000 Passport. This device can offer the functionalities of a bigger machine…

Gemalto delivers end-to-end ePassport solution to Morocco

Gemalto have announced the delivery of a complete solution for the Moroccan Mint: Dar As-Sikkah (Bank Al Maghrib), for the Kingdom of Morocco's biometric passport program. The Gemalto solution includes the highly secure operating system Sealys eTravel, as well as the electronic covers with an integrated contactless microprocessor, containing the holder's digital fingerprint and photo.…