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Ireland Rolls out Newly Designed Secure Electronic Passport

Irish Government Employs Secure Identity Solutions from DLRS, HID Global and X INFOTECH to Address Increased Travel Demands of Citizens


MONTREAL – October 23, 2013 – International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Ninth Symposium and Exhibition – HID Global?, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced the successful roll-out of the newly designed Irish electronic passport (e-passport). HID Global joined forces with DLRS Group, the leading security printing company in Ireland, and X INFOTECH, a leading system integrator and MultiPerso software suite developer, to implement the Irish e-passport project. Working together, the companies are providing an end-to-end solution including e-passport delivery, personalization and production management. The newly designed Ireland e-passport uses the latest security technologies to protect citizens’ identities while providing the Republic of Ireland with a flexible, efficient and highly secure passport solution.

“The new Irish e-passport was introduced by Ireland’s Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State, Joe Costello on October 1,” said Joe Nugent, Director of Passport personalisation centre with the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs. “We are very satisfied with all our partners’ teamwork, quality and professionalism to deliver our new and secure e-passport program.”

DLRS, a leader in security printing, is the prime contractor for the project. Beyond serving as the project manager for the joint effort, DLRS manufactures and delivers the new Irish passport booklets and configured the personalization solution for the new e-passports alongside its partners HID Global and X INFOTECH.

“Our goal was to deliver a secure and flexible e-passport solution within the budget and timeline set by the Irish government,” said David O’Connor, Sales Director, DLRS. “I am happy to report we exceeded our goal not only meeting time and budget parameters but creating one of the most secure and visually appealing e-passport designs to date.”

The new Irish e-passport replaces the previous document, and provides an exceptional level of security including HID Global’s polycarbonate electronic data page with contactless chip inlays making the passports very hard to forge or copy. The new e-passports also incorporate HID Global’s innovative Crack Prevention Feature (CPF) that enhances the durability and reliability of polycarbonate e-passport datapages, especially those with embedded RFID chips. With CPF, governments can fully leverage the advantages of smart card technology and protect their investment by extending the life of ID credentials for up to ten years.

“HID Global is delighted to contribute to the new generation of Ireland’s e-passport and national eID program,” said Rob Haslam, Vice President Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “Our co-operation with the national agencies and our partners has been extremely constructive to achieve our common target to develop a flexible, efficient and very secure passport issuing solution for the benefit of millions of Irish citizens.”

X INFOTECH provided its MultiPerso personalization solution for contactless chips including ICAO data preparation.

“Throughout this project it has been an honor to work with all the companies involved in designing and delivering the new Irish e-passport,” said Sergejs Jelisejevs, X INFOTECH Board Member. “Our MultiPerso solution not only provides innovative security technology but it ensures the flexibility to grow as Ireland’s e-passport needs evolve.”

The newly designed Irish passport features images of iconic Irish landmarks including the Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey and Croke Park, in addition to drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games. According to Mr. Gilmore, the Tánaiste and Minister for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, “Irish passport holders travel more often and to more destinations than at any time in the past.” More than 630,000 Irish passports were issued in 2012 and the Republic of Ireland has approximately 4.5 million citizens who could potentially be issued these new passports. All three companies were invited to the official launch event at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, on 30 September 2013.

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About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. Primary brands are ActivIdentity?, EasyLobby?, FARGO? and HID?. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global? is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com. Stay Connected with HID Global, visit our Media Center, read our Industry Blog, subscribe to our RSS Feed and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About DLRS Group
DLRS Group Security Concepts is Ireland’s largest security printer. Established since 1976, the company has production facilities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, servicing the needs of major financial and government bodies. DLRS Group Security Concepts is the market leader in security printed products, with over 20 years’ experience in passport manufacture and design. The company’s reputation for quality and service is matched only by its reputation for unrivalled integrity, developed through working closely with governments for over 30 years. DLRS Group Security Concepts is accredited to ISO9001:2008 the quality standard, ISO14001:2004: environmental management and ISO27001:2005: the IS security standard. DLRS Group is a member of the Smurfit Kappa Group, world-leader in paper based packaging, operating in 22 countries in Europe, Smurfit Kappa Group is the European leader in containerboard, solid board, corrugated and solid board packaging and has a key position in several other paper packaging market segments. The Group also operates in 9 countries in Latin America where it is the only pan-european operator. More information can be found at: www.dlrsgroup.com; www.smurfitkappa.com

About X INFOTECH
X INFOTECH is a leading system integrator and MultiPerso software developer that deliver security solutions to businesses across a wide range of industry sectors, such as financial, government and mobile. The company’s portfolio supports all activities required for eID and payment card issuance, passport production and management, cryptographic infrastructure development, authentication solution integration, and other activities related to payment security and smart card technologies. X INFOTECH’s mission is to provide innovative, reliable and complete technology solutions and services. More information can be found at: www.x-infotech.com, www.multiperso.com


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DLRS Group
Dave O Connor
Sales Director
+353 (0) 1 2768604
dave.oconnor@smurfitkappa.ie

X INFOTECH
Kristina Jakovleva
Marketing Manager
+371 67930169
kristina.jakovleva@x-infotech.com


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