Denmark rolls out e-passports

The Danish National Police has started issuing electronic passports that integrate Gemalto’s 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 polycarbonatedata page technologies, Gemalto will provide passport bookletassembly and individual personalisation of each passport.

The agreement runs through to 2009, with an option for two additionalyears. The Danish authorities plan to incorporate the electroniccapability in all new passports from now on and are expected to issuesome 250,000 by the end of 2006. Between 700,000 and 800,000traditional passports are issued annually.

As part of the Gemalto e-passport solution, the polycarbonate datapage includes a contactless microprocessor chip running the company’shighly secure operating system. The chip not only features theinformation identity already laser-engraved on the first page, butalso contains the passport holder’s digitised photo.

“As we have been producing and personalising the traditional Danishpassports for the past two years, we have gained an in-depthunderstanding of the Danish authorities’ requirements.” commentedJacques Seneca, President Europe at Gemalto. “We are proud to furtherdevelop our relationship with the Danish authorities through latestgeneration smart and secure travel documents which will benefit toboth administrations and citizens.”

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Through this additional reference in the field of e-ID programs,Gemalto demonstrates its ability to manage the complete value chainof e-passports. Mastering the whole issuance process enables Gemaltoto offer governments a variety of state-of-the-art services that willbenefit to their citizens. Gemalto’s e-passport references includethe Czech Republic, France, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia,Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States of America.

Setec is part of the Gemalto group (acquired in 2005). The Setecsolutions include products that require extreme security, such asbiometric and visual passports, electronic and visual ID cards,driving licenses and health cards.
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