Macedonia’s ePassport system will kick
off later this month when 30 registration offices hosting 45 ePassport data
capturing and entry stations open their doors for business throughout the
In addition to the 45
permanent stations for recording citizens’ photographs, digitalised signatures
and biometric data, five mobile data entry stations from Giesecke &
Devrient (G&D) will be used. Like the fixed stations, they will be equipped
with a laptop, a camera, a signature pad and a fingerprint sensor.
The start of the data entry
process also marks the beginning of a 10-year service and maintenance agreement
between the Macedonian Interior Ministry and G&D. The contract additionally
covers ID cards and driving licences, which are expected to be issued in the
second half of 2007.
G&D, a total of 1.5 million passports should have been issued by the end of
And in Germany, Bundesdruckerei has announced that
it delivered the three millionth German ePassport this week. Germany was one
of the first countries world-wide to introduce the electronic passport in
November 2005 and around 60,000 electronic passports are now ordered every week.
November this year, fingerprint images will be stored in the chip of the
ePassport. Bundesdruckerei has already prepared the security infrastructure
which is required for this application, and will equip the passport authorities
with fingerprint scanners and software for checking fingerprint quality. (source)
the UK, The UK’s biometric-based
national ID card procurement is expected to commence in June, slightly later
than planned. The procurement has been delayed to fit in with the publication
of a report by Sir James Crosby (commissioned by the UK Treasury), which will
highlight the possible private sector
uses of the scheme.
delay also means that procurement should take place under the leadership of a
new prime minister, widely expected to be Gordon Brown.
formal procurement notice (prior information notice, or PIN) was published by the
Identity and Passport Service last week. In the PIN, IPS says the Scheme will include
the delivery of passports and identity cards, plus products and services to a
number of other public sector organisations. (source)
Note: Bernard Herdan,
Executive Director of Service Delivery at IPS will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming
Security Document World 2007 conference and exhibition on 22-23 May in London, where he will address UK ID card project plans. For more details visit http://www.sciencemediapartners.com
PREPARED to be tagged, monitored, profiled and re-educated.
– Destroying Britain from the inside out.