IDEMIA ID2Travel delivers biometric travel experience in North America

IDEMIA ID2Travel delivers biometric travel experience in North America

IDEMIA I&S North America, the leading identity security and authentication solutions provider, announced today the first-of-its-kind travel platform, ID2Travel is launching in North America. ID2Travel is the only interoperable traveler identity platform covering the entire passenger facilitation ecosystem, already proven by IDEMIA and partners around the globe.

Based on identity management and biometric identification, ID2Travel is a passenger facilitation solution that improves the traveler experience to deliver efficient, secure and frictionless travel. The platform is interoperable and can be deployed as part of the airport, airline, port or any travel-based infrastructure, or through IDEMIA’s patented and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-rated biometric capture solutions. The passenger experience from check-in and across every touchpoint in the travel experience uses identity proofing that leverages mobile enrollment with secured digital credentials on the traveler’s mobile device, biometric devices, and technology back-end services.

“ID2Travel is transforming the entire travel experience,” said Lisa Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Travel and Transport, IDEMIA I&S North America. “Prior to COVID, Americans took approximately 2.3 billion trips, over a one-year period, and this makes the need for the passenger experience to be even more frictionless and seamless as we return to pre-pandemic travel patterns. With that experience and privacy in mind, the timing couldn’t be more ideal to launch our ID2Travel offering in North America to improve passenger flow and maintain a touchless experience, while balancing interoperability throughout the broader travel ecosystem.”

Passengers can enroll using a mobile device from home by scanning a state ID or passport, and then taking a selfie to do a 1:1 match. Once submitted for enrollment, travelers will be able to use biometrics to securely and simply move through the airport to their gate and beyond in their travel experience.

The IDEMIA solution also allows passengers to opt out and remove their enrollment at any time and all data is immediately removed from the system, empowering the traveler to take full control of their personal identity information (PII). IDEMIA is the only company that has successfully delivered a complete biometric enrollment to gate frictionless passenger facilitation solution ( Fast and Seamless travel at Changi by IDEMIA, Aéroport Paris Orly, a biometric journey from check-in to boarding, Iceland’s Comprehensive Entry/Exit System with IDEMIA ).

Veridos: 5 steps for a future-proof eGovernment master plan

Veridos: 5 steps for a future-proof eGovernment master plan

While the technical and legal foundations for successful eGovernment are already in place, many governments are still finding it difficult to implement digital public services into their systems – despite growing pressure from the public. Veridos, a world-leading provider of integrated identity solutions, recommends developing a master plan in order to ensure the efficient, sustainable realization of eGovernment systems.

While there is no one-size-fits-all eGovernment solution, an overarching master plan to guide government bodies towards sustainable, future-proof eGovernment is crucial to its success. Veridos defines five steps essential to such a master plan:

  1. Define goals: eGovernment services provide the means to accomplish a variety of government aims, ranging from operational cost savings to fostering economic growth – aims that move beyond simply making government processes more efficient. Determining the priority of these aims is key in developing a successful eGovernment strategy. For citizens, the benefits of moving online can be significant, and the provision of digital public services has the potential to improve accessibility and empower those using the services. The governmental benefits of improving productivity and efficiency, reducing red tape and overheads, and streamlining and automating processes are also reasons to consider a prompt adoption of eGovernment services. Countries must prioritize and define the scope of these goals as an initial step.
  2. Analyze status quo: Government bodies next should conduct a full assessment of their systems and processes, in order to determine where digitalized services are already in place and determine where improvements can be made. What does the current identity infrastructure provide? Are there standards, interfaces, data structures and access mechanisms that need to be enhanced? What are the potential opportunities for cost savings, increased efficacy, security and convenience? This should not be limited to solely analyzing technical aspects – it’s just as important to take a look at the body politic as a whole, including laws and regulations relevant to the digitalization. The analysis of the status quo offers the chance to review existing IT techniques and planned investment measures, to ensure that the implementation of eGovernment services is an efficient, cost-effective process.
  3. Evaluate potential: By examining current procedures, governments have the opportunity to identify practices that could be streamlined. Ideally, a citizen-oriented single point of contact should be selected as a starting point, such as one application as an entry point for various services. Such a foundation ensures useability and maximum accessibility.
  4. Establish pilot scheme: The costs involved in launching a widespread digital public service platform are substantial, and a pilot scheme that provides a working basis for future roll-outs is key in managing costs as well as efficiency. Once launched, the number of users for any eGovernment service will increase and drive further innovations, so a scalable system with key performance indicators is necessary to help gauge success.
  5. Implement: When public services are digitalized, a holistic approach is essential. An IT action plan must be put in place, along with cybersecurity measures that will ensure infrastructure safety and safeguard public trust. In addition, it is recommended to introduce feedback and analysis tools. These help to track success and improve the service offering over time. Besides addressing questions surrounding technical implementation and security issues, the right legislation needs to be in place to enable the introduction of digital public services. In both instances, the need for qualified experts and a push for ICT education and development are vital to a country’s success.

“More and more governments around the world are implementing eGovernment solutions. For some countries, digitalization may already be a part of everyday life, but in many places, citizens have only restricted access to sovereign documents and public services. Yet this access is essential to enable people to exercise their rights in a modern world – be it through voting, taking out social insurance or simply traveling. Here, eGovernment can break new ground,” says Xavier Prost, Global Vice President Business Line eGovernment at Veridos. “An essential aspect of these endeavors is enabling citizens with digital identity solutions. As a world-leading provider of integrated identity solutions, Veridos is committed to monitoring and supporting these efforts together with its partners.”

Here you can learn more about Veridos and ”How to eGov”.


CBRE automated visitor registration in business centers in Russia

CBRE automated visitor registration in business centers in Russia

A visitor management solution was developed and put on stream for CBRE in Russia, the global consulting company in commercial real estate services and investments. The system of contactless ID badges without the Security Identification Office participation was implemented by LETA.

A visitor should place a passport on the scanner built into the terminal, and the Smart Engines ID scanning software automatically scans the visitor’s name and requests the application for the visitor. After a positive response, the terminal issues a pass card to enter the building. Now visitors can get a pass themselves in less than three minutes.

“For CBRE’s clients, the execution speed of any request is important, so we are focused on improving the service quality. Cooperation with LETA allowed us to implement a new convenient service. The speed of obtaining a security pass in the terminal creates comfortable and secure (which is extremely important today) conditions for visitors of business centers, and the front desk staff pays more attention to visitors instead of searching for paper applications and issuing passes,” comments Natalia Afanasova, Director of CBRE’s Real Estate Management Department.

“We are glad that our solution helped CBRE to implement its intended plans. The passport scanner was upgraded to adapt our hardware and software complex to the task, integration with the visitor application registration system was carried out. It is certainly an interesting and useful experience for us, and it allows us to take a wider view of the implementation of our products in new areas. In the future, we plan to develop and improve self-registration terminal solutions for office centers, residential complexes, public and health-care institutions,” says Alexey Bugrov, CEO of LETA.

FacePhi signs a contract with Aena

FacePhi signs a contract with Aena

FacePhi, world-leading company in digital identity verification, continues to expand the use of its technology. More precisely, the company has just signed a contract with Aena (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) after being awarded the public tender for “the supply and update of a facial biometrics solution” for its airports.  

With the signing of this contract with the world´s largest airport operator by a number of passengers, which has a network that extends throughout Spain and other countries such as the United  Kingdom -London-, Mexico and Brazil, FacePhi continues its expansion in the international airport sector. The company will be responsible for providing its digital onboarding and authentication technologies that will be applied to several passenger and employee management processes at the different Aena airports, which will be carried out exclusively with the knowledge and prior consent of the user and excluding its use for video surveillance.  

In this way, FacePhi will be in charge of providing digital solutions for the different phases that passengers go through during their experience at an airport: from registration, check-in and access to the security area or VIP lounges, to the very moment of boarding a plane. Thus, the identity verification technology applied to these processes will speed up travel procedures and improve passengers’ experience, avoiding crowding and reducing physical contact with both airport staff and other passengers, among other advantages.   

On the other hand, Aena will also extend the use of its technology to internal management and operation processes of its employees, such as carrying out maintenance, security or service activities. In this way, the safety of its workers and facilities will be reinforced as a whole, in addition to avoiding the use of paper or plastic identification cards, with the consequent environmental benefit and waste minimisation. 


The initial contract has a duration of 4 years for a total amount of approximately 1.5 million euros. 

Knopka implements Smart Engines’ technology

Knopka implements Smart Engines’ technology

Accounting outsourcing service Knopka has implemented Smart Engines technology for Russian passport recognition into its HR system. The service users now have access to the capabilities of the Smart ID Engine software product, which provides fast and secure entry of passport data, simplifying the process of hiring new employees. Knopka is an accounting outsourcing company with management accounting and legal protection for firms and organizations in Moscow and throughout Russia.

Now clients of Knopka for a new employee’s employment do not need to enter their passport data manually. The Smart Engines OCR will quickly and accurately extract data from the passport based on modern artificial intelligence technologies. Then it is automatically entered into the new employee’s account fields in Knopka’s customer HR system.

Smart Engines software products do not require any special skills from end-users. Flagship GreenOCR® technology provides high speed and accuracy scanning on scanned copies and passport photos taken from different angles and under other lighting conditions. The document in the image can be at any angle.

“Giving the user a useful hands-on experience means understanding modern standards and applying them in service development. Before using Smart Engines, customers spent up to 10 minutes entering data by hand. Now, this is not required, and the saved time can be devoted to solving the problems of your business,” said Evgeny Kobzev, co-founder of Knopka.

The next generation in secure polycarbonate documents

The next generation in secure polycarbonate documents

The digital transformation is changing both the environment and the conditions for authenticating documents. Trained document examiners at the borders generally have less time to inspect travel documents and some others are required to detect evidence of document fraud based on images or videos captured remotely. Simultaneously, providers of mobile onboarding software solutions are challenged with the opportunity to use artificial intelligence, where machines and mobile devices equipped with software algorithms capture images and perform template matching to confirm authenticity.

It is with these trends in mind that OVD Kinegram has introduced the KINEGRAM® PCI with Full Data Protection (FDP) as an example of the next generation for data page protection in polycarbonate documents. As depicted in the generic “Bee Design” shown below, the ability to integrate the embedded Kinegram elements over a larger area in perfect optical harmony with other features such as the pre-printed patterns and images, leads to an overall document design which is intuitive and self-explanatory and hence suitable for quick and reliable human inspection. The FDP solution is suitable for both ID3 format passport data pages and ID1 format identity cards or driver’s licenses.

The optically brilliant metallized image of a bee can be seen collecting nectar from a flower in the background print design. The wings of the bee, depicted by fine metallic lines, flap as the document is tilted indicative of perfect registration between the metal and diffractive structures which is characteristic of the KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO® technology.

Another bee which overlaps the laser-etched primary photo is prepared as a transparent image with a virtual 3D effect. The body of the bee appears to protrude from the surface. Running a finger of the image confirms that it is completely flat and non-tactile.

While this Kinegram design is ideal for human inspection, the individual security features of the Kinegram are designed to be amenable to computer vision and optical machine authentication using desk-top document readers and mobile phones.



Security document printing market to reach value of $35 billion

Security document printing market to reach value of $35 billion

Demand for banknotes, personal ID, stamps, payment cards, cheques, and brand protection packaging will continue to grow over the next five years, even as the sector adjusts to a commercial landscape reshaped by the experience of the Covid pandemic.

A dedicated new expert study of the sector from Smithers – The Future of Global Security Printing to 2026 shows total value will increase to $28.89 billion in 2021, up from $28.47 billion in 2020. This positive performance over the worst of the pandemic period was led by increased sales for banknotes, payment cards and brand protection packaging features. Although other segments have seen major falls.

Smithers’ analysis tracks the influence of multiple market drivers that will contribute to pushing total sales in the industry to $35.02 billion in 2026, equivalent to a 3.2% compound annual growth rate.

As the market reorientates to new commercial realities it will create a varied and dynamic situation, which will reward innovation. Smithers’ analysis forecasts the following major changes:

Banknotes, have seen a surge in demand over the pandemic period, this has deflected the broader trend for wider use of electronic payments in the short term. Growth demand will slow over the five-year Smithers forecast period, and central banks and security printers will refocus on alternative payment options, with new contracts largely confined to developing markets

  • The need for contactless payment and ongoing efforts to integrate the world’s large unbanked population into the modern economy will make payment cards one of the fastest expanding market segments over the same period
  • Personal ID sales stalled in 2020, but the imperative to develop integrated electronic IDs to manage Covid-19 and wider use of biometrics will support a return of sales as international travel restrictions are relaxed
  • One segment that has a continuing negative outlook is ticketing. Drops in sales across 2020-2021 will not be recovered. Reduced commuting, more homeworking and the implementation of touchless travel systems, will all lead to further declines in the future
  • A similar negative outlook is forecast for cheques. Already restricted to a few key national markets – US, India, France – investment in remote or automated payments has damaged demand, and further declines are forecast to 2026 as consumers and organisations transition to more modern alternatives
  • A more positive outlook is given for brand protection packaging. The twin drivers of greater e-commerce trade and the implementation of traceability mandates will make this the fastest growing segment over the next five years, creating a major diversification opportunities for established security technology suppliers
  • While mail volumes will continue to decline, new measures to control counterfeiting of goods like cigarettes will see demand for stamp printing increase – with the market refocussed on tax stamps.

This varied outlook – and the need to develop new digital service lines – is driving a reorganisation of many private-sector organisations. It will also be reflected in the outlook for different security components.

Security substrates and print processes will continue to be the two largest components of the market, representing 50.1% by value in 2021. Across 2021-2026 the need for greater supply chain scrutiny and both overt and covert verification technologies will manifest in greater demand for RFID and coding, security inks and taggants. Simultaneously the interest in automated borders, and secure physical and online identity will push a wider use of biometric solutions.

IDEMIA to deliver biometric tech for Oakland International

IDEMIA to deliver biometric tech for Oakland International

IDEMIA, the world-leading biometric and identity solutions provider, including TSA PreCheck, announced today that it has partnered with Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California to provide identity verification for departing international travelers in Terminal 1.

We are excited to bring our MFACE technology to people flying out of Oakland International Airport, providing frictionless facial biometrics and streamlining the experience for travelers while supporting the airport as they meet existing Customs and Border Protection requirements for outbound flights. Our technology significantly speeds up passenger clearance, as we can recognize passenger faces within fractions of a seconds, with absolutely no compromise on security. It requires no touch and limited interaction with the system making the boarding process as streamlined and stress free as possible for the passengers.
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President, Travel and Transport, IDEMIA North America

MFACE identifies a continuous flow of people walking through a designated area in real-time using IDEMIA’s independently proven facial recognition technology, which recently achieved best in class accuracy ratings in the latest Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This technology, paired with IDEMIA’s efficient 3D video tracking, will be used to validate travelers departing the U.S. and can be deployed as a standalone unit, desktop unit or as a ready-to-integrate OEM kit.

Oakland International Airport selected IDEMIA as a technology provider for mobility and its sleek hardware design. The flexibility of the design allows for easy transitions from gate to gate, helping us serve more travelers faster and reduce wait times. In bringing IDEMIA and its solutions into the day-to-day operation at the airport, we are making great progress in facilitating a more seamless and more secure boarding experience for our travelers.
Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland

In August, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) announced a biometric self-boarding e-gate pilot program in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for which IDEMIA will manufacture the solution. Additional airport installations include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where IDEMIA is facilitating a facial recognition system to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increase air passengers’ security and border control. The technology has been deployed in LAX’s new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal with our partner, EASIER, and is a one-stop safety solution for passengers, airlines, and airports alike.

IDEMIA does not store private passenger information and CBP conducts biometric matching in the cloud. U.S. citizens can choose to opt out of the facial image capture and instead be processed by airline agents with a passport and boarding pass.

secunet and SSARM futureproof Bulgaria’s border controls

secunet and SSARM futureproof Bulgaria’s border controls

In cooperation with the general contractor SSARM, the cybersecurity company secunet has implemented a secure turnkey solution for EES-compliant border controls at Sofia, Varna and Burgas airports. As one of the first EU countries, Bulgaria has thus prepared its air borders with secunet border gears for the EU-wide Entry/Exit System EES and is ready for operation long before its launch in May 2022. The future required processes which considerably increase the workload for the authorities and significantly prolong waiting times for passengers at border control, will be simplified and accelerated with the user-friendly, automated systems for biometric data capture.

While international air traffic is only slowly returning to normal, preparations for future regular operations are already in progress at the Bulgarian border authorities. With the recently installed EES-compliant border control systems, the busiest airports – Sofia, Varna and Burgas – are already well prepared for the future border control processes of the Entry/Exit System. Under the Smart Borders Initiative, third-country nationals will have to register with a facial image and four fingerprints at land, sea and air borders from May 2022.

SSARM, which is specialized in the delivery and integration of IT applications, was awarded the contract last year – following a call for tenders from the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior – and relied on solutions from secunet for the implementation. Thanks to the efficient cooperation and dedicated commitment of the local partner, the new border control systems were installed on schedule despite the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the airports in Sofia, Varna and Burgas, a total of 20 secunet easygates with facial and fingerprint verification are now in use. EU passengers can thus cross the borders automatically and more quickly. Eight secunet easykiosk systems enable travellers from third countries to pre-enrol their biometric data independently. At the stationary border control desks, 66 secunet easytowers and fingerprint scanners also support the biometric capture of facial images and fingerprints. Finally, the technical components were adapted to the airport-specific environment as well as individual customer requirements.

Security plays a key role in automated systems, for example, to protect against circumvention attempts. Border control officers can monitor data entries at the easykiosk via cameras to ensure that the biometric data indeed belongs to the traveller. Additional sensors protect against possible attacks with forged photos and fingerprints using Presentation Attack Detection (PAD).

“The Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior has implemented a secure and efficient border control strategy at Sofia, Varna and Burgas airports with the turnkey solution from the secunet border gears product portfolio, which represents an important step towards EES compliance and thus into the future,” concludes Marco Breitenstein, Head of Division Homeland Security at secunet.

Nikolay Paunov, General Manager SSARM, explains further: “The implementation of the EES-Ready solution at Sofia, Varna and Burgas airports is the second project that SSARM is carrying out for the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with secunet. A major challenge was the realization during the COVID pandemic. SSARM, together with the Ministry of Interior, the Border Police and secunet, managed to ensure a smooth delivery, installation and integration process despite the circumstances. The solution relies on current biometric technologies and provides secure automated border control that is compliant according to European EES regulations. Above all, travelers will benefit: the border control process will be significantly accelerated and the travel experience for passengers at airports will be improved remarkably.”

Identity Week Asia reveals first speakers

Identity Week Asia reveals first speakers

The organisers of the industry-leading event Identity Week Asia have revealed the first speakers that will feature at the show, which is streaming live on 16 – 17 November 2021.

Abhishek Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, Csc E-Governance Services, Ministry Of Electronics And Information Technology India will feature at the event as will Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, ICT Division and the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh.

Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist Donato Colucci, from the International Organization for Migration, and Dakota Gruener, Executive Director, ID2020, have also been confirmed.

Key agenda topics at the event include:


It is possible to secure a place here. If you wish to position your organisation as a market leader please contact Janine Bill on:

Only a limited number of sponsorships are available, noted the organisers.

Connect:ID 2021 launches in Washington

Connect:ID 2021 launches in Washington

Leading identity industry event connect:ID 2021 launched today as an in-person event in Washington, with keynotes from the CBP, IBIA and ICAO set to take to the stage.

On day 1, keynotes will include John Mears, Chairman,IBIA and Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Com,US Customs and Border Protection.

Sabatino will address the issue of Expanding facial biometrics and mobile services to further secure and enhance travel.

Christiane DerMarkar,ICAO TRIP,I.C.A.O will cover ICAO TRIP tools for a seamless and contactless travel to support air transport recovery.

On day 2, David Pekoske,Administrator,Transportation Security Administration, will be the Future of Identity Keynote from the TSA.

Andrew Boyd,CEO,IDEMIA National Security Solutions, will talk on “Using identity-based digital disruptors to improve user experience and achieve higher levels of security at speed”.

To see the full conference agenda, click here.

Connect:ID 2021 will take place from 5-6 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington.

connect:ID is brought to you by the highly influential and experienced teams from Science Media Partners (SMP) and the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA).

IBIA is the leading Association in the biometric and identity sector, while SMP, owned by Terrapinn, are the editors of critically acclaimed Security Document World, Planet Biometrics and Digital ID Wire new portals.

Zero trust, post COVID-19 travel take centre stage at Identity Week

Zero trust, post COVID-19 travel take centre stage at Identity Week

Taking an identity-centred approach to security has never been more important, attendees heard at Identity Week 2021.

Nick Godfrey, Head of CISO Office, Google Cloud explained how after a hack attack on the search engine giant called Operation Aurora, it had implemented a “zero trust” initative that involved a complex interlinking network of identity authentication steps.

Godfrey explain that concepts of zero trust – which are founded in the user’s identity – will be critical as the world emerges from the pandemic, while noting that there had been a 400% rise in cyberattacks since April 2020.

He explained how a nuanced, user-based approach sees non-intrusive methods authenticate across the tech firm’s various domains, and that this establishes a potential model for identity-centred user security.

Rigorous travel requirements demanded by COVID-19 controls, contrasted with the need to get the global economy back moving present a challenge to the border control sector that it must meet, attendees also heard at the event.

“We need a swift, safe and secure return to international travel,” Cyril Gout, Director Operational Support and Analysis Directorate, Interpol, told the audience.

In the session, Identity: building one safe and easy way for the public to access all government services, Natalie Jones, Director, Digital Identity, Government Digital Service, then gave insights into how digital services were set to revolutionise UK citizens’ interactions with government.

In a fascinating session on inclusion in the identity industry, Elinor Hull, WiD Member, Post Office
and Louise Maynard-Atem, WiD research lead, Women in Identity, discussed how inclusion is vital in product design.

The hugely successful in-person event was welcomed by the hundreds of attendees there as a very welcome return to reality after the months of the pandemic.

Keynotes you can’t afford to miss at Identity Week

Keynotes you can’t afford to miss at Identity Week

Identity Week is just around the corner and one of the most impressive aspects of the industry-leading’s conference and exhibition’s return is its list of stellar keynote speakers.

The event, to be held 22 – 23 September 2021 at Hall N9, ExCeL, London, is an exhibition and conference bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.

Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, such as biometrics.

In the opening session, Nick Godfrey,Head of CISO Office,Google Cloud, will explain how the technology company has has made security the cornerstone of its product strategy.

“As widespread cyber attack scontinue to exploit vulnerabilities targeting people, organizations, and governments around the world, a zero trust approach, in which no person, device, or network enjoys inherent trust, should be a key pillar of any security strategy.

“We’ll discuss how we put identity at the center of this approach and how you can apply this thinkingto your digital transformation,” says Godfrey.

After Google, Cyril Gout, Director Operational Support and Analysis Directorate at Interpol will cover identity and national security.

Susannah Storey, Director General for Digital and Culture, Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Gov will feature at the event, as will Frederic Trojani, Executive Vice-President for Secure Components, SPS-SURYS.

On day two, Roderick Boothby, Global Head of Identity, Santander will take to the stage, followed by Nathalie Gosset, VP ID Document Solutions, Thales.

Finally,  Carita Weiss, Chief Retail and Payments Officer, Coop, will cover identity in retail, and Donal Greene, Product Evangelist, Innovatrics will speak on biometrics.

To see the full agenda and secure your place see here.



Matica launches new MC-L2 inline lamination module at Identity Week 2021

Matica launches new MC-L2 inline lamination module at Identity Week 2021

Matica Technologies announces its attendance at IDENTITY WEEK – SDW 2021, a leading exhibition for government and secure identity, taking place at the ExCel Centre in London, from 22 to 23 September.

Located at booth 318, Matica will showcase a comprehensive desktop portfolio for government
applications and secure ID card issuance programs. Matica’s secure and trusted identification
portfolio enables governments to identify and authenticate citizens, to secure borders efficiently
and effectively, to protect critical functions, networks and infrastructure and to provide physical and
logical access to information and services.

“We are delighted to showcase the complete series of the MC310 printer platform with its new
inline MC-L2 Lamination Module presented for the very first time at SDW 2021. Designed and
manufactured in Europe, the Matica MC310 Direct-to-Card solution comes with a 4-year warranty.
It offers a superior printing quality and a complete line of encoding, lamination and communication
options. MC310 is one of the most flexible and reliable direct-to-card printer platforms on the
market and includes a wide range of ribbons and security elements.” said Raúl García, EMEA
Marketing Manager at Matica Technologies Group.

Identity Week 2021 attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about Matica’s expertise first-
hand during the event. A 40-minute roundtable and 20-minute presentation will take place at 12:30
(Keynote Theatre) and 16:00 (Theatre 1) on September 23 (Event Day 2) featuring ‘the future of ID
cards in a digital World’ and ‘laser personalisation for tamper-proof identity cards’, respectively.
“It’s great to be back at Identity World back in London this year – it provides us with an opportunity
to demonstrate the progress we have made in product development over the past 24 months as
we continue to innovate our solutions for both the centralized and distributed issuance of secure
IDs. I look forward to catching up with our customers and partners and to see how the secure ID
landscape continues to evolve.” said David Worsdell, Senior Product Manager at Matica
Technologies Group.

Bangladesh establishes ePassport infrastructure in all embassies

Bangladesh establishes ePassport infrastructure in all embassies

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is announcing the enrollment and issuance service for the new forgery-proof ePassport in all its foreign missions worldwide. The required infrastructure is provided by Veridos, a leading global provider of integrated identity solutions. Veridos has already been equipping the domestic passport offices of the People’s Republic with the necessary infrastructure since 2020.

In the presence of a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Home Affairs with Asaduzzaman Khan, Minister of Home Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and the Department of Immigration and Passports, Bangladesh inaugurated the new ePassport service at its embassy in Berlin on September 5th. From now on, all Bangladeshi citizens can apply for ePassports in Berlin. In the upcoming months, Bangladeshis will also be able to obtain their electronic passports at all of Bangladesh’s other 75 foreign missions.

Veridos is responsible for the entire roll-out of the ePassport infrastructure. This starts with the pre-configuration and shipping of the enrollment and issuance infrastructure to all embassies worldwide. Veridos then sets up the top-notch infrastructure and trains the embassy staff.

Citizens of Bangladesh can apply for their electronic passport through an online portal. For large embassies with a high volume of ePassport requests, the online portal features appointment scheduling for the enrollment of biometric data such as fingerprints, facial image and iris scans. Applicants can thus avoid long waiting times. In the future, there will also be the option to pay passport fees online via the portal.

The ePassport documents are produced and personalized in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and shipped to the embassies. Through the ePassport online portal, applicants can view status updates and check if their ID document is ready for pick-up.

The new ePassport has already been introduced in Bangladesh, in January 2020, replacing the machine-readable passport. Veridos installed the new ePassport infrastructure in all 72 domestic passport offices in Bangladesh in 2020 and 2021. In addition, Veridos is also supplying the People’s Republic of Bangladesh with 50 eGates for automated border control at airports and major land crossings.

“We have developed a trusted and successful working relationship with our partner, Veridos, through the implementation of the ePassport infrastructure in Bangladesh. During this new project, which has equipped all our embassies with an ePassport infrastructure, Veridos once again helped us to meet our objectives within an ambitious timeframe,” explains Asaduzzaman Khan, Minister of Home Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

“We are very excited that our state-of-the-art project also includes equipping all Bangladeshi foreign missions with an ePassport infrastructure. It is another chapter in our close and successful cooperation. The new infrastructure will especially benefit the many Bangladeshis living abroad,” emphasizes Andreas Räschmeier, CEO of Veridos.

A New Era for the Protection of Polycarbonate-Based Documents

A New Era for the Protection of Polycarbonate-Based Documents

Polycarbonate-based documents, ID-1 cards and ID-3 datapages, are the gold standard among ID and travel documents. In combination with a carefully crafted document design and cleverly integrated, sophisticated security features, they are highly resistant to counterfeiting and tampering.

This and their long lifetime make them an ideal solution for both the bearer of the document as well as the issuing governmental institution. DOVIDs, in particular the KINEGRAM security element – which was the first DOVID ever to be embedded – have played a vital role since the polycarbonate success story started more than 20 years ago.

Mostly embedded in the polycarbonate-based documents to protect the photo information, DOVIDs are in fact becoming a key requirement in secure document design. The story started off with transparent patches covering a part of the photograph, which according to ICAO recommendations is the single most important feature to be protected in a travel document. In an evolutionary development, additional technologies, such as metallized structures with perfect registration or very high resolution as well as the inclusion of printed colors have been integrated systematically in order to keep making the counterfeiter’s life more difficult.

If we consider laminates for ID-3 paper-based passport datapages with their impressive, easy to remember imagery and animations, a natural further evolution is an equivalent full-face protection for polycarbonate-based datapages.

In 2019, OVD Kinegram launched its new full-data protection (FDP) solution that, on an ID-3 polycarbonate datapage, demonstrated various benefits:

  • A visual impression similar to that exhibited by thin KINEGRAM laminates for paper-based datapages with large design elements which allow protection of, not only the photo, but also other personalized information
  • Excellent integration of the visual security feature(s) with the print design of the document
  • Improved inter-layer bonding to maintain a robust, manipulation resistant polycarbonate body, since the embedded KINEGRAM foil is present only in regions which exhibit the visual effects.

The polycarbonate FDP solution can function as a platform that can integrate various KINEGRAM technologies in order to fulfil all requirements for a state-of-the-art document. Besides providing first line visual security for protecting the bearer’s identity (the traditional and obviously still most important function of the KINEGRAM), the FDP solution is designed to be both perfectly compatible with optical machine authentication (OMA), as well as suitable for optical phone authentication (OPA).

At the SDW conference on September 22nd, 2021 in London, OVD Kinegram will provide more news and information on the polycarbonate FDP solution, including a new design that will demonstrate cutting-edge security technology for polycarbonate-based documents.


Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Starting from 1 September 2021, Belarusian citizens are able to receive new biometric identity documents – ePassport and eID card.

The Republic of Belarus will be issuing ePassports and eID cards to its citizens from the beginning of September. The complete citizen identity electronic document system, including collection, processing and storing of biometric and other personal data, de-duplication check, data validation, eID document personalization, digital signature of stored data and issuance of biometric documents, was successfully delivered to Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus by a consortium led by Emperor Technology (EmpTech), a world leading secure ID solution and service provider. Working with EmpTech is X Infotech, a global provider of software solutions for issuance and verification of electronic identity documents.

EmpTech, the consortium lead, with its innovative end-to-end electronic document issuance solutions, proposed the Belarussian end user the most advanced secured document issuance systems, including Desktop and Mobile Biometric Enrolment Terminals, eID and ePassport Personalization Machines as well as Document Issuance Devices. With EmpTech MLP (Multi-Layer Personalization) technology and the cutting-edge ICAO compliant biometric enrolment solutions, the consortium is extremely confident it will secure the Belarusian ePassports and eID cards with its advanced security features during personalization.

X Infotech supplied the end-to-end software system dedicated to ePassport and eID card issuance. This turnkey solution includes the ICAO compliant X Infotech components for Enrolment, Data Preparation, Chip Encoding, Quality Assurance, Integration Services, Secure PIN Manager, Personalization script, Personalization machine plugins, Document Registry, Document Issuance, Case Management, Identity Management, ABIS, Production Management, Stock Management, Authorization Server, Log Server, Monitoring Server and Reporting Server. 

Additionally, X Infotech delivered Public Key Infrastructure (ICAO PKI) for the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates for eID cards and ePassports deploying X Infotech Document Signer, Document Verifier and Terminal Control Centre components to Belarussian authorities. This high-quality solution ensures data secure storage on document chip, being both protected and digitally signed as well verified on border control stations.

Nearly 9 million citizens of Republic of Belarus will receive completely new biometric identity documents. 

“This has been a great milestone for both the Republic of Belarus and EmpTech consortium partners. We are deeply honored for the confidence and trust which the Belarussian government has placed in us and we are proud to have successfully delivered this important project,” said Sean Zheng, CEO, EmpTech. “Not only would the Belarusian ePassport, the eID would also be using the same personalization technology – the MLP developed by EmpTech. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Republic of Belarus government for the trust, confidence and faith in us. X Infotech, an invaluable member of the team, has worked extremely hard for this project to ensure its success and timely delivery. I also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the team for their hard work.”

“This project is a significant step forward for the electronic government ecosystem deployment in the Republic of Belarus, which allows all the Belarussian nation to be most modern and secure while allowing remote transactions with government and other institutions by utilizing brand new technological mechanisms,” said Sergey Yeliseyev, X Infotech Business Development Director for Government eID. “We are extremely proud by being part of this important project and we express great gratitude to Belarussian authorities for that. We appreciate the level of trust to X Infotech from our partners: Emperor Technology and RUE “Cryptotech” of Goznak as well all the government authorities involved into the project including, but not limited by Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communications and Informatization, Ministry of Finance, Operational and Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus (OAC). We look forward to see how brand-new e-services and possibilities will be provided for every citizen of Belarus.”

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Prominent governmental speakers and senior industry identity experts are set to give attendees at the upcoming Identity Week 2021 an unprecedented level of insight into the post-COVID digital identity landscape.

The industry-leading event’s return to an in-person conference at the ExCeL Centre on 22-23 September will feature some of the greatest minds in the identity space live, and they’ll be sharing their vision for the future of identification, verification and authentication.

“Identity Week 2021 is just around the corner, and we are going to be back with a bang,” lead conference organiser, M Hassan, told “We are exploring the trends in document fraud, the developments in Mobile ID as well as assessing and reflecting on document security innovations”.

Identity in the verticals

For the first time, the event will look at the ID space from the perspective of verticals such as Health, Retail and Travel, added M Hassan.

“ID in Health will look at verifiable health credentials, ID in Retail will explore the use of digital identity in ecommerce to prevent fraud, and ID in Travel will delve into the role of biometrics and contactless technologies in opening up travel while efficiently inhibiting international criminal activity.”

Enterprise identity

Identity and Access Management will also be a key theme, with a focus on the value of Zero Trust Frameworks as well as artificial intelligence. Digital onboarding will be explored from the perspective of both customers and citizens. We’ll also look into the future potential for decentralised identity in enabling a safer way to managing use of personal digital identities.

Keynotes include Nick Godfrey, Head of CISO Office, Google Cloud, and Rod Boothby, Global Head of Identity, Santander.

Sessions such as “Inclusion in the ID Ecosystem: Who needs help and how?”, will feature Jim Purves, Head of Identity Solutions, Post Office and Nick Mothershaw, CEO, Open Identity Exchange.

Meanwhile, a panel on “Leveraging Digital identity as the key to digital transformation within financial services,” will feature Shiv Aggarwal, European Lead, Global Blockchain Association”.

For more information on attending, see here.

Cognitec wins Germany EES contract

Cognitec wins Germany EES contract

Cognitec Systems will capture biometric facial images of all relevant travellers from third countries as part of the European Entry/Exit System (EES). Cognitec was awarded the contract for the delivery of the capturing devices in Germany.

Cognitec’s technology will be installed at border check points in all international airports and seaports in Germany. The contract initially spans four years and includes the delivery of more than 1700 FaceVACS-Entry CS devices, followed by installation and maintenance.

“We feel proud and excited to be working with the German authorities on this major project,” says Managing Director Alfredo Herrera: “In the past 20 years, Cognitec has contributed many pioneering products to automate airport and border control processes. This profound technical expertise, combined with our experience in working on government projects, will serve well to ready Germany’s borders for the EU entry/exit system.”

FaceVACS-Entry CS offers highly innovative features to quickly capture standards-compliant portrait images: instant camera positioning according to body height, active lighting, and interactive user guidance. In addition, its light-weight, slim design and flexible mounting methods enable installations on Germany’s varied border check booths.

The solution extends the presence of Cognitec solutions at border check points in German airports. Millions of travelers have used the company’s technology to verify their identity during self-service border control procedures in eGates.

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA has received sustainable card certification from Mastercard. The sustainable cards program is part of Mastercard’s efforts to support an inclusive, sustainable digital economy; and encourages vendors and issuers to produce cards made from more sustainable materials. This certification allows the Mastercard sustainable card badge to be displayed on IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards, which are made of recycled PVC.

In response to rising consumer awareness of environmental issues and a deep commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, IDEMIA has reimagined an iconic product: the payment card. Its new eco-card is made of recycled PVC plastics.

To display the Mastercard sustainable card badge, a card must meaningfully reduce energy consumption, material consumption, carbon footprint and/or waste. Clearly displayed on payment cards that meet the standard, the badge reassures consumers that their bank’s environmental ethos aligns with their own.

Payment cards have been historically constructed using several layers of PVC. However, IDEMIA has reimagined the way it sources, produces, and distributes its products to minimize its impact on the planet’s precious resources and to support issuers’ ambitions in achieving their sustainability goals.

IDEMIA applies an end-to-end sustainability approach to the entire payment card lifecycle, including digital customer onboarding, card personalization, and fulfillment. GREENPAY dramatically decreases the carbon footprint of payment cards and any residual footprint.

We are proud to have our recycled plastic cards certified as more sustainable by Mastercard. At IDEMIA, we take sustainable development very seriously and are using our expertise to create and promote more responsible and environmentally friendly solutions through GREENPAY, our portfolio of sustainable solutions for financial institutions. This certification confirms our objective to provide green solutions that help protect our planet.
Amanda Gourbault, IDEMIA Executive VP Financial Institutions

With the Mastercard sustainable card badge and certification, consumers are empowered to make eco-friendly choices and issuers know they are working with materials that help towards their ESG goals. Together, with IDEMIA and our other vendor and issuer partners, we have a real chance to bring trust to sustainable choices as we collectively move towards a more circular economy.
Paul Trueman, Senior Vice President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard