HID Global has been selected by the government of Tanzania to be a prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing ePassports as part of Tanzania's e-Immigration programme. According to HID, the solution incorporates advanced physical and electronic security features, automated passport verification capabilities and support for international standards. Marked by visually stunning landmark imagery, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar's House of Wonders, the new Tanzania ePassport contains a contactless chip embedded in its polycarbonate datapage. HID Global has partnered with DLRS Group for the manufacture of the passport booklets incorporating HID's polycarbonate electronic datapage. This is the same partnership as for the current Irish ePassport, with both the booklet and datapage manufactured at the two companies' facilities in Ireland.HID says the new ePassport will increase security while, at the same time, making travel easier for Tanzania's citizens, such as simply scanning their passports electronically at border control stations upon entry and exit. In addition, the new ePassport conforms to all international standards as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization.”Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Dr Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania's Commissioner General of Immigration. “Our people will be proud knowing they are carrying one of the most secure and modern passports in the world and can take advantage of some of the most advanced technology available.” The eImmigration solution includes an ePassport issuance system and personalisation facilities in Dar-Es-Salam and Zanzibar – equipping the application centres and embassies – as well as biometric matching, border control, eVisas, ePermits and delivery of ePassport books.”We worked very closely with Tanzania's government to conceptualise and bring into being this state-of the-art passport solution,” said Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Their government's vision for faster, more secure electronic verification of identities matched our end-to-end solution capabilities for citizen identity. Working on a strict timeline, the Immigration team in Tanzania was a strong partner with us to deliver on this exemplary government project.”HID says one of the benefits of the new ePassport solution is that the holder can have an emergency passport on their smart phone, if their passport is stolen or lost in another country. The emergency passport, verifiable electronically by the embassy, allows the traveller to obtain the necessary document to return home or request a replacement passport without the need for further online checks, filling out forms or other time-consuming tasks. This mobile emergency passport is made possible using HID's Seosâ technology for mobile citizen IDs, called HID goID.