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HP, Entrust team to deploy Taiwan ePassports in 2H

Posted: 09 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:biometric authenticatition? Taiwan? smart card? RFID?

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Entrust Inc. are partnering to provide key infrastructure to the government of Taiwan to help authenticate sensitive biometric information stored on machine readable travel documents (MRTDs). The ePassports or MRTDs will be available to about 23 million citizens by year-end.

"The need to securely identify people moving across national and international borders has never been more important than it is today," said Poh-Chuan Tan, public sector director, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. "We are excited to be enabling the implementation of biometric ePassports in Taiwan to help increase border security without adding to traveler waiting times."

Secured by Entrust authority security manager, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, will leverage the PKI to protect the integrity and validity of personal data including digitized information and photograph via Entrust digital signatures for basic access control (BAC). Developed using HP's NIS, the Taiwan ePassport systems will provide BAC ePassports to 23 million Taiwan citizens by 2H 08.

"Leveraging our public key infrastructure technology, we are proud to secure the most trusted government-issued credentials around the world," said Bill Conner, Entrust chairman, president and CEO. "The PKI technology leveraged in this specific deployment addresses the needs of the Taiwan government today, but also provides the ability to migrate to second-generation ePassport solutions as their requirements and border security needs evolve."

The use of biometric ePassports will enable the Taiwan government to protect the integrity and verify the authenticity of data stored on the MRTDs, as well as help stop the use of forged or tampered travel documents.

Initial ePassport projects typically standardize on BAC, which features passive and optional active authentication and is in production in Europe and many parts of the world. Entrust provides BAC ePassport security for a number of top global e-governments, including the United States, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Singapore and New Zealand.

A vital tool to help protect both international and domestic borders, ePassport travel documents contain an electronic chipa smart card or RFIDthat stores information that can be verified against the data on the passport and against the individual. Because of the sensitivity of this personal information (digitized photographs or other biometrics) the security and integrity of ePassports are critical.

To protect these assets, PKI is an integral technology for the security and verification infrastructure of ePassports. Modular and fully integrated, the Entrust Authority PKI portfolio is built on the foundation of Entrust Authority Security Manager, the certification authority (CA) system responsible for issuing and managing users' digital identities. Optional components help organizations manage the entire lifecycle of PKI certificates. About 1,000 government and commercial organizations have purchased Entrust PKI solutions since Entrust introduced its first PKI.

Also available from Entrust Authority Security Manager, Extended Access Control (EAC) provides a higher level of security during the verification process of ePassports.

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