Denmark rolls out e-passports

Gemalto has
announced that the Danish National Police has started issuing electronic
passports that integrate the companies most advanced Setec secure technology.For
this nationwide deployment Gemalto manages the entire delivery process. In
addition to its renowned secure electronic passport software and high
security polycarbonate data page technologies, Gemalto will provide
passport booklet assembly and individual personalisation of each passport.
  The agreement runs through to 2009, with an option for two additional
years. The Danish authorities plan to incorporate the electronic capability
in all new passports from now on and are expected to issue some 250,000 by
the end of 2006. Between 700,000 and 800,000 traditional passports are
issued annually.
  As part of the Gemalto e-passport solution, the polycarbonate data page
includes a contactless microprocessor chip running the company’s highly
secure operating system. The chip not only features the information
identity already laser-engraved on the first page, but also contains the
passport holder’s digitised photo.
  “As we have been producing and personalising the traditional Danish
passports for the past two years, we have gained an in-depth understanding
of the Danish authorities’ requirements.” commented Jacques Seneca,
President Europe at Gemalto. “We are proud to further develop our
relationship with the Danish authorities through latest generation smart
and secure travel documents which will benefit to both administrations and
  Through this additional reference in the field of e-ID programs,
Gemalto demonstrates its ability to manage the complete value chain of
e-passports. Mastering the whole issuance process enables Gemalto to offer
governments a variety of state-of-the-art services that will benefit to
their citizens. Gemalto’s e-passport references include the Czech Republic,
France, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden and
the United States of America.