Gemalto is international coordinator for the consortium, which encompasses 15 European enterprises and research institutions within the Eureka program CATRENE.
The NewP@ss team’s ambitious program is turning e-passports into advanced ‘smart objects’ that can incorporate electronic visas and stamps. If the holder’s details change, it will also be possible to seamlessly update an existing passport, rather than having to issue a replacement. Furthermore, next generation e-passports can be read up to eight times faster than current documents, making international border crossing quicker and more secure.
“With full commitment to security, interoperability and particular focus on performance, the NewP@ss project is paving the way to the next generation of electronic Passport,” said Youzec Kurp, VP of Government Programs at Gemalto.