HID awarded ePassport contract by Kingdom of Bahrain


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HID has announced its new contract to supply the Kingdom of Bahrain with an innovative ePassport solution.

HID’s end to end solution – which will enable the nation to take a significant step in its identity journey by moving from a machine-readable passport (MRP) to an electronic passport – will be supported by the company’s chip operating system SOMA and HID Integrale.

The ePassport will store biometric and biographic data of Bahraini citizens in the chip, increasing overall security and worldwide trust in the travel document. With this deployment, Bahrain will be able to join the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) group of 180 countries that can access and exchange the passport data.

“HID is proud to help support Bahrain’s vision for citizens to travel more easily and securely,” said Craig Sandness, Senior Vice President and Head of Secure Issuance and Citizen ID Solutions, HID.

“We have a long standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and we look forward to extending it by delivering a full end to end ePassport solution.”

The new Bahraini ePassport has been designed to have the highest level of security including the colour portrait of the passport holder and HID’s unique security feature, Mirage.

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