Identity | Interoperability | Agility
Driven by the threats of terrorism, illegal immigration and identity theft, the challenge facing governments and entities like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been to find the best way to increase the security of international travel by minimizing human error and safeguarding personal data.
ICAO has been working for many years to establish a single, common standard for the reading of travel documents and the use of passport data around the world, and 1 April 2010 marks a critical milestone in this move. As of this date, every contracting country must either issue its citizens a machine-readable passport (MRP), or an e-passport that contains a microchip with information that can aid agents in authenticating the identity of the passport holder based on the encrypted biometric data.
Orbis has successfully deployed the first e-passport system in the Middle-East for the State of Qatar and capitalized on this experience to build a generic framework for e-passport issuance that can be used for similar deployment to other countries.