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IRIS Corporation biometric ePassports solution chosen by Government of Solomon Islands

Published on 3 December, 2015
The new document will also facilitate access to countries that have deployed ePassport verification infrastructures

The ePassport will ease travel
burdens &reduce waiting time by the
use of fingerprint biometric technology

IRIS Corporation, inventor of the world’s first ePassport has successfully bagged a USD 22 million contract to supply the next-generation ICAO compliant ePassports to the Government of Solomon Islands.

Eases travelling burdens

In this new ePassport program, the Solomon Islanders will see the conversion of the manual passport book into an ePassport that is expected to ease travelling burdens and reduce waiting time and efficiency in flight bookings, check-ins and arrival check-in procedures by the use of fingerprint biometric technology. The new document will also facilitate access to countries that have deployed ePassport verification infrastructures.

Apart from supplying IRIS’ fraud resistant polycarbonate (PC) data page that incorporates advanced visual security features, IRIS will also provide its IdenCraft solution that manages enrolment, personalisation, and issuance of the new ePassport. Personalisation of the PC datapage is done by IRIS’ laser marker which produces a datapage that is impossible to forge, delaminate or be otherwise unlawfully manipulated.

IRIS Corporation's presence strengthened in Solomon Islands

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was elated to have the project kick off, which will see Solomon Islands as one of the first Pacific Island countries to embrace the ePassport technology like Australia and New Zealand.

“This new Agreement further strengthens the company’s presence in Solomon Islands,” said Datuk Tan Say Jim, IRIS Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO). ”We look forward to working with the Government of Solomon Islands to provide Solomon Islanders with the latest ICAO compliant ePassports for unprecedented levels of security and privacy.”

To date, IRIS has successfully implemented numerous Trusted Identity solutions like ePassport, eID and Border Control to over 28 countries.

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