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Thailand Orders 15 Million Biometric e-Passports from Thales and Gemalto

Thailand Orders 15 Million Biometric e-Passports from Thales and Gemalto

Thales will be delivering 15 million e-passports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Thailand, which has placed the order through a contract with the DGM Consortium. The Consortium includes MultiCert, Data Products Toppan Forms, and Gemalto, the latter of which was acquired by Thales earlier this year. The biometric e-passports will include a…

Nigeria Entrusts Mint with e-Passport Production

Nigeria Entrusts Mint with e-Passport Production

“Once the country’s current production contracts expire, the printing of Nigerian e-passports (and any related documents) will be handed over exclusively to the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company…” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has released a statement declaring that the future production of e-Passports will be handled domestically. Once the country’s current production contracts expire,…

HID Global Expands e-Immigration Partnership with Tanzania

HID Global Expands e-Immigration Partnership with Tanzania

HID Global is expanding the scope of its e-Immigration partnership with Tanzania, delivering a broader e-Passport service that will allow the country to issue electronic visa and residency permits in addition to electronic passports. The new service will also simplify the application process and allow visitors and prospective residents to apply for their travel documents…

HID Global Helps Secure Argentinians’ Biometric Passport Data

HID Global Helps Secure Argentinians’ Biometric Passport Data

HID Global has won a contract to provide the Argentine government with an upgraded ePassport that will both reduce costs and improve security, the company says. One of the new passport’s security features, radio-frequency shield built into the ePassport’s cover will help to protect the biometric and biographic citizen data stored in the card’s embedded…

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarus will soon begin issuing new ID cards and biometric passports thanks to a contract awarded to China-based ID solutions provider Emperor Tech and Latvian eID software specialist X Infotech. The companies have been selected to deliver both hardware and software for new ID programs to RUE Cryptotech, a state company overseen by the Belarus…

UK Gov’t Allows Mobile Photos for Renewing Passports

UK Gov’t Allows Mobile Photos for Renewing Passports

“Professionally-taken photos are still required for initial passport applications and for those pertaining to lost or stolen passports…” The UK’s Home Office is now allowing citizens to renew their passports using pictures taken with mobile phones, reports The Telegraph. The development emerges alongside another regulatory change relieving citizens of the need to provide signatures as…

All Turkish Citizens Must Obtain Biometric Passports by End of Year

All Turkish Citizens Must Obtain Biometric Passports by End of Year

Turkish authorities are finally ready to start issuing biometric passports to citizens. The plan was initially to issue them alongside new biometric ID cards, but the passport project has evidently met with some delays. It’s part of an effort to comply with European Union requirements pertaining to free travel between states in the Schengen zone,…

Ukraine Delves Deeper Into Biometric Passports

Ukraine Delves Deeper Into Biometric Passports

Ukraine has delved further into biometric passports with a new law. Supported by 226 of the Verkhovna Rada’s 450 parliamentarians, bill No. 3224 clarifies policies regarding the country’s passport issuance. With respect to biometrics, the new law stipulates that in addition to the traditional ink-based prints, digital fingerprint data must also be collected at the…

Pakistan to Introduce Biometric Passports Next Year

Pakistan to Introduce Biometric Passports Next Year

The Pakistan government plans to introduce biometric passports next year. Announcing the measure, Interior Ministry spokesperson Sarfraz Hussain framed it as a move intended to disrupt human trafficking. As The News International reports, there isn’t solid data on the trafficking of persons outside of Pakistan, but UN figures indicate that over 66,000 Pakistanis deported from…

Japan Tourism Project to Swap Credit Cards, Passports for Fingerprints

Japan Tourism Project to Swap Credit Cards, Passports for Fingerprints

Japanese authorities are preparing to test out biometric payments for a potentially large-scale deployment. The system will confirm payment transactions by scanning two fingerprints simultaneously. It’s a project being spearheaded by the government as a means of improving tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The electronic, biometric payment system would automatically deduct taxes,…

Jamaican Authorities to Use Facial Recognition in Passport Issuance

Jamaican Authorities to Use Facial Recognition in Passport Issuance

Jamaica’s Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is introducing a facial recognition component to its passport production. It’s an expansion from a facial recognition program first implemented via immigration kiosks at major airports in Kingston and Montego Bay, and it’s intended to reduce passport fraud. Commenting on the project at an ISO seminar, PICA CEO…

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey is preparing to issue biometric passports to its citizens as part of an agreement with the European Union. Government officials say they plan to begin printing the new passports in March, and will issue new citizen ID cards at the same time. The move is intended to comply with recent agreements with the European Union,…

Schengen Visa Visitors to Require Biometric Passports

Schengen Visa Visitors to Require Biometric Passports

“The requirement comes as increasingly sophisticated automated border control systems are installed at Schengen borders…” Effective November 24th, non-Europeans with Schengen visas will need new, biometric e-passports to gain entry to the Schengen zone. The Schengen area is a multi-state zone overlapping largely with the European Union that allows passport-free travel between its member states.…

Australia Considers Cloud-Based Passports

Australia Considers Cloud-Based Passports

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs is considering the implementation of cloud-based passports. The idea would see citizens’ biographic and biometric data stored online, allowing travelers to eschew physical passports. The idea is the product of the DFAT Ideas Challenge, an innovation contest spearheaded by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and associates. In addition to the…

iWallet Strategically Aligns With NEXT Biometrics

iWallet Strategically Aligns With NEXT Biometrics

iWallet is delving deeper into biometric authentication solutions with a new partnership. The company has announced it is teaming up with NEXT Biometrics to integrate the latter’s fingerprint sensors into its products. iWallet is, of course, the company behind the iWallet product as well as the iPassport. The products are essentially wallets and passport holders,…

New Zealand Plans Ahead with eGate Expansion

New Zealand Plans Ahead with eGate Expansion

New Zealand is getting 29 more SmartGates to help ease the flow of travelers across its borders. The news comes by way of the country’s Customs Minister, Nicky Wagner. The project is being driven by more than $6 million in funds from the country’s Future Investment Fund as part of an effort to keep pace…