Biometric passport

Turkey Cancels Tender Bid For Issuance Of Biometric Passports

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala instructed the cancellation of the results of the tender (bid) for the issuance of biometric passports to Turkish citizens, which was previously won by the French company Gemalto company, according to the Turkish Sabah newspaper. The issuance of biometric passports to the citizens of Turkey was to be started in […]

U.S. Customs And Border Protection To Open Biometric Test Facility

In step with other custom ports of entry around the world utilizing biometric passport controls, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  has announced it will open its test facility for biometric identification technology in Landover, Maryland at the end of the month. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske revealed details of the center, which will test devices that […]

Gemalto Wins Contract For Biometric ePassports In Moldova

Gemalto has announced a multi-year contract to supply biometric ePassports to the Republic of Moldova. Specifically, the company says it will supply the ePassports to the Center for State Information Resources in the Republic. This includes Gemalto’s Sealys eTravel embedded software and eCovers, as well as visual security features. In addition to supply the materials, […]

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Biometric Border Controls Failed The Passengers Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Had Malaysia – the world’s first country to introduce biometric ePassports and a leader in automated border control eGates – biometrically verified passengers, those with false travel documents and any terror suspects could have been identified before boarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. At least two passengers with stolen passports slipped past security. According to a biometric identity and security […]

Biometric Passports And Borders Essential To Prevent Use Of Stolen Passports

Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity. (PRNewsFoto/Secure Identity & Biometrics Association) Secure Identity. (PRNewsFoto/Secure Identity & Biometrics Association) WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — News reports that stolen Austrian and Italian passports were used to book two airline tickets on the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 intensifies the need for full and immediate implementation of biometric passports and borders, including a biometric exit program in the United States. Biometrics assure that people are who they say they are, and makes it extremely difficult for identities to be stolen and travel documents to be used illegally. The 9/11 Commission recommended biometric borders when it was determined that al Qaeda relied heavily on counterfeit and stolen passports for clandestine travel. Photo – Logo – "Fully biometric passports and readers can prevent stolen passport holders from successfully bypassing immigration authorities," said Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) and former 9/11 Commission border counsel. "Moreover, biometric borders are now cost-effective, extremely fast, and are currently enabling countries like New Zealand to incorporate airline check-in with immigration check-out, building seamless convenience for the traveler and safer skies." Identity assumption remains possible where passports do not meet the international standards requiring inclusion of a biometric, or a country fails to implement processes to read biometrics. Today, the United States and countries around the world, including Austria, Italy and Malaysia, issue e-passports that meet international security standards. However, where countries fail to embed biometric readers into border processes at […]

Russian Upper House Approves Law On Biometric Passports With Fingerprints

Russian Federation passport 15:05 18/12/2013 MOSCOW, December 18 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Federation Council on Wednesday approved the law on issuing biometric foreign passports with fingerprints starting January 1, 2015. The law gives the federal executive authorities and their territorial branches, as well as diplomatic and consular missions, the right to collect and process additional biometric information of passport holders. Currently, Russian biometric foreign passports only contain one biometric parameter, a 3D photo. It is planned to collect fingerprints of all Russian nationals aged above 12 years. This information will be stored in the chip embedded in the passport to ensure maximum protection, reads the explanatory note to the bill. The goal is to simplify the authentication of passport data and to prevent, expose and preclude the use of passports for criminal purposes. The law is to become effective in Russia on January 1, 2015 and for diplomatic and consular missions outside Russia, as soon as they are equipped to issue the new passports, but no later than January 1, 2016.

Vision-Box Deploys Biometric eGates At Lisbon International Airport

vision-box November 7, 2013 –  Vision-Box  has announced that it has set up biometric Automated Border Control eGates at the Lisbon International Airport. In particular, the gates that have been deployed are the company’s vb i-match 5, which can process the Portuguese ePassports as well as the Portuguese National Citizen Card and holders of diplomatic or special passports as part of recently implemented pilot projects for Brazilian and Angolan nationals. To verify the identity of users passing through the gates, vb i-match 5 uses biometrics, including iris, fingerprint and facial recognition. This particular gate design has been in production since 2007. “Today, as in 2007, Portugal continues in the forefront of automated border control and Vision-Box is delighted to continue to support SEF and have a positive impact in keeping Portuguese borders safe while at the same time providing a good passenger experience,” Miguel Leitmann, Senior Vice President of Vision-Box said. Reported previously , Vision-Box also recently deployed eGates at the Hamad International Airport in Qatar. Earlier this year, Vision-Box launched what it was calling a ‘ biometric periscope ,’ for long distance capture of face and iris in self-service eGates. The device is capable of capturing biometrics from a distance of 1 metre. Leave a Comment comments