LONDON, July 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- De La Rue Identity Systems, a world expert in secure government identity solutions, announced that Malta's new upgraded ePassport system with Extended Access Control (EAC) capability went live on 28th June. This new solution delivers a higher level of security and access control, in accordance with the EU regulation for all Schengen Member States, for the addition of a second biometric - two fingerprints - to the data already stored on the chip. Its delivery is a key milestone in the Government's ongoing strategic identity management plan.
Fully integrated with Malta's existing National Identity Management System (NIDMS), EAC capability is being launched initially in Malta and Gozo and will be rolled out across all embassy sites by the end of the year. De La Rue's EAC capability is a technically advanced solution and follows on from the go-live in September 2008 of the Island's original ePassport system. All elements have been specifically designed to meet necessary software development and integration needs, whilst also providing and linking the ePassport, border control, PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) and ID systems together. The ePassport application and issuance process continues to use De La Rue's sophisticated MIDIS(TM) software for enrolment, book personalisation , quality assurance and issuance.
EAC protects the ePassport's sensitive second biometric via a process of
authentication and by only granting access to authorised passport readers. It
is this PKI foundation that allows ePassports to be read solely at
immigration control stations, making it even more difficult for criminals who
seek access to the data for purposes of counterfeit or
|SOURCE De La Rue|
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