Category Archives: Projects

Philippines – Congressional Inquiry Urged Over ‘Overpriced’ e-Passports

By | March 27, 2017

An umbrella organization of labor unions is urging Congress to look into the government’s alleged overpriced new digital passport or e-passport. In a statement, Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions president Terry Tuazon said the government should lower the cost of the e-passport and make it more affordable, particularly for overseas Filipino workers. Tuazon said the e-passports being… Read More »

Philippines – Nothing Irregular in ePassport – DFA

By | March 27, 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said there is “nothing irregular” in the bidding of the electronic passport, or ePassport, saying everything is “aboveboard.” DFA spokesman Charles Jose, however, declined to provide The Manila Times a copy of the ePassport contract with APO Production Unit Inc. or APO, saying “there’s confidentiality clause in the contract that… Read More »

Nigeria – Firm Covers Up Director’s Arrest To Get e-Passport Contract

By | March 26, 2017

Investigation has revealed a cover-up by Iris Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL) of the arrest of the deputy managing director of its mother company in Malaysia, Iris Corporation Berhad, Datuk Hamdan Mohammed Hassan, for alleged fraud, in order to get renewal of its contract for Nigeria’s e-Passport solution. The cover-up is premised on the fear that as the Public… Read More »

Dubai – Philippine Embassy Not To Release Passports Today

By | March 26, 2017

DUBAI: There will be no release of passports at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi (AUHPE) on March 26, Sunday. However, those with appointments for processing and encoding are expected to be there on time. The diplomatic mission released on Friday a public advisory about the suspension of the release of passports scheduled on Mar.26 because of the… Read More »

Nigeria – Controversy Trails Immigration e-Passport Contracts

By | March 26, 2017

There’s a raging controversy over the e-passport contracts signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with non-security firms which is ripping Nigeria billions of naira. The deal is generating heat over stakeholders concern that Nigeria’s national security is being jeopardised because the contractors are mostly non-security companies, while others have questionable tendencies. The Senate last week invited the… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Summons AGF, Minister, Others Over e-Passport Deals

By | March 25, 2017

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and other Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Remittance and Expenditure of Internally Generated Revenue by MDAs invited the duo for briefing over their involvement in alleged e-passport deals. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola, made this known in a statement through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Queries Dambazau, Malami, Others Over Alleged Abuse of IGR

By | March 25, 2017

Interior Minister, AbdulRahaman Dambazau, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami have been invited by the Senate to explain their alleged roles in the alleged misuse of revenues generated from E-Passport production and other immigration related activities. The Senate had set up a committee to investigate the alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and Other Fraudulent… Read More »

Nigeria – Maritime Security: Minister Says Biometric ID Now Compulsory for Port Users

By | March 24, 2017

Determined to enhance the level of security in the nation’s seaports, especially in line with international best practices, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any port facility in Nigeria.   A statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, said “it is now compulsory… Read More »

Indians May Soon Be Issued Chip-Enabled E-Passports

By | March 24, 2017

Chip enabled e-passports with high security features may soon be rolled out as government has started preparation for introducing it. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has given approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports. He said Nasik-based India Security Press… Read More »

Ghana Ready to Issue Chip Embedded Passports – Ayorkor Botchwey

By | March 24, 2017

Ghana will from this year begin issuing chip embedded biometric passports to its citizenry. This new initiative will see the West African country migrate from its current generation of passports from 2D barcode. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration say the initiative will help reduce drastically the possibility of identity thefts and resultant misrepresentations… Read More »

Maldives Immigration Wins IAIR Award

By | March 24, 2017

MILAN, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Controller General of Immigration from Maldives Mr. Mohamed Anwar and the Deputy Controller Mr. Abdulla Algeen have received the prestigious international IAIR Award for the most innovative high security ePassport and eGates  The IAIR award was handed over to both government officials from Maldives Immigration during an official award ceremony in… Read More »

USA – Messiah College goes contactless

By | March 24, 2017

Messiah College is now issuing a new ID card for students, ushering in contactless technology for physical access and other card functions. According to a report from Messiah’s student publication, The Pulse, the new contactless cards will be used at a wide array of card readers across the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania campus. Contactless will be leveraged for physical access… Read More »

Iris Hit With RM169.5mil Suit Linked to Guinea e-Passport Contract

By | March 24, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Iris Corp Bhd, whose e-passport deal in Guinea has come under the scrutiny of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, is now being sued for RM169.48mil over alleged commission payable on the passport contract’s value. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the e-passport and smart card provider said Roxwell Group Sdn Bhd had filed a suit at the… Read More »

Ghana Ready To Issue Chip Embedded Passports – Ayorkor Botchwey

By | March 24, 2017

Ghana will from this year begin issuing chip embedded biometric passports to its citizenry. This new initiative will see the West African country migrate from its current generation of passports from 2D barcode. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration say the initiative will help reduce drastically the possibility of identity thefts and resultant misrepresentations… Read More »

India – Question No.2412 Launch Of Chip Enabled E-Passports

By | March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2412 TO BE ANSWERED ON 23.03.2017 LAUNCH OF CHIP ENABLED e-PASSPORTS 2412. SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY: Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state: (a) whether Government proposes to launch chip enabled e-passports; (b) if so, the details thereof along with the details of enhanced security features to be included… Read More »

India – Govt to Roll Out Chip-Based Passports Soon

By | March 23, 2017

Chip enabled e-passports with high security features may soon be rolled out as government has started preparation for introducing it. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has given approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports. He said Nasik-based India Security Press… Read More »

ID4Africa Releases Results of its 2017 Government ID Survey

By | March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 –  ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, has released a detailed annual survey of African governments focused on understanding the continent’s identification requirements. The survey found that Africa’s priorities are focused on pragmatically putting in place and operationalizing robust, high coverage… Read More »

Gambia – Issuance of ID Cards, Passports Suspended

By | March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 From now on, the Gambia Immigration Department will not be issuing any ID card or passport until further notice as the government embarks on “a comprehensive review” of the process of issuance of such documents. “The Ministry of the Interior hereby informs the general public that it has decided to temporarily suspend the printing… Read More »

Malaysia – Maybank partners Alipay to provide contactless payments service from May

By | March 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is partnering China’s Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, to provide Alipay users travelling in Malaysia with contactless payment service when they make purchases at selected merchants in Malaysia. The new service, available from May 2017 onwards, will see Alipay being accepted at… Read More »

Thanks to OT, Andorra Has the Most Secure Passport in Europe

By | March 22, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products, services and solutions, today announces that it has been selected by the Andorran government to provide latest generation passports based on Lasink™technology. OT’s Lasink™ technology is used to bolster passport security and specifically passport photos. The 5-year contract covers passports, enrolment stations and photo booths.… Read More »