Swiss company reveals details of biometric passports

Wed 10 Nov 2010 07:11 GMT | 11:11 Local Time

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Swiss company Trüb has confirmed a large order from Azerbaijan for biometric passports with a polycarbonate data page.

Trüb will also provide some 12 personalization centres across the republic, comprehensive consulting and project management services as well as long-term maintenance and support services, the company said in a press release.

The new biometric passports will comply with International Civil Aviation Organziation (ICAO) standards.

The passports are equipped with a polycarbonate data page developed by Trüb containing an integrated contactless chip. Trüb data pages are made of polycarbonate foils laminated without the use of adhesives and are designed to last for 10 years. The data pages, which are optically personalized by means of laser engraving, comprise a variety of integrated security features, the company said.

An integral part of the project is the design and construction of some dozen personalization centres that will be used nationwide by local authorities to issue passports. The personalization software TrackStar® and laser personalization machines required for this purpose are supplied by Trüb.

Trüb will support the Azerbaijani authorities during the introduction of the new identity documents including in data capture. The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system will be used to create nationwide certificates that protect the sensitive information (the passport holder's personal data, a facial image and two fingerprints) on the chip.

The Swiss company has already provided new-generation biometric passports to Estonia, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.

The cost of biometric passports in Estonia is $30-40.

In accordance with the ICAO requirements a passport chip must have at least 32 kb of memory (most countries use chips with 64-72 kb memory).

From 1 April 2010 the 188 ICAO and UN member countries began to switch to biometric passports. Azerbaijan is likely to have switched to them by 2012.

Fineko/abc.az

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