For the first time, Infineon Technologies is presenting a quantum-resistant e-passport that uses its security controller technology to encrypt biometric passenger data during authentication.

A release stated: “Today we are launching the encryption procedures which will be needed to repel quantum computer attacks of tomorrow”.

The passport is being launched under a shared research project “PoQuID” led by Fraunhofer AISEC with the German Federal Printing Office.

Maurizio Skerlj, Vice President at Infineon commented: “The heart of the demonstrator is a security controller from Infineon which protects data from both conventional attacks and attacks that use quantum computers”.

Dr Manfred Paeschke, Chief Visionary Officer at Bundesdruckerei GmbH followed his remarks by adding that their collaborative solution can protect physical documents from the unwanted advances of quantum computing while ensuring interoperability with existing infrastructure and compliance with standardisation.

The prototype is made from the cryptographic methods Dilithium and Kyber, which the US national standardisation institute NIST opted for in July 2022.

While ensuring biometric data is securely protected during authentication, it also facilitated touchless movement through border terminals, transferring data seamlessly between the secure document and the airport scanner to confirm passenger identity.

The solution leverages the quantum-secure iteration of the Extended Access Control (EAC) protocol.

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