Much like Slovenia, countries are now beginning to evolve their ePassport programs to a second-generation framework that includes capabilities for EAC. European Union (EU) member countries will be required to add biometric data to machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs) with the information protected through the EAC scheme by June 2009.
"Slovenia recognized the importance of leveraging a proven EAC ePassport solution that is both scalable and reliable," said Neill Duff, Snr. VP and General Manager of EMEA for Entrust. "As a proponent of e-government capabilities, Slovenia continues to partner with Entrust to help prevent criminal organizations from accessing and using biometric information on ePassports to illegally cross borders."
The terrorists of 9/11 used compromised passports to cross borders while traveling into the United States. The result was the need for a more secure passport. For moving to electronic passports, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) touted two primary goals: to ensure a forged or modified passport could not be used to cross borders; to prevent a criminal from impersonating the identity contained on a genuine passport.
Created to mitigate passport forgery, first-generation ePassports use a
Basic Access Control (BAC) RFID chip containing a simple biometric (usually
a photo of the individual) along with the identity information of an
individual duplicated on the paper document. The Entrust solution provides
the digital signatures on BAC ePassports that prevent a cloned or modified
passport, when it is properly processed, from being used to cross a b
|SOURCE Entrust, Inc.|
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