Covers for e-passports (also known as a biometric passports, ePassports or digital passports) carry an embedded electronic microprocessor chip, which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the owner.
Paragon ID’s e-passport cover uses contactless smart card technology, including the microprocessor chip and antenna (for both power to the chip and communication) embedded in the front/back cover, or centre page, of the passport. The passport's critical information is printed on the data page of the passport, and also stored inside the chip itself.
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip making it expensive and difficult to forge, when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented. Many countries are moving towards the issue of biometric passports. By December 2008, 60 countries were issuing e-passports, and this figure had increased to 96 by 5 April 2017.
Paragon ID use SPiD®, a diverse family of inlays and eCovers, for the creation of our e-passport covers, meeting requirements in line with the electronic identity market. Paragon ID’s 100% polycarbonate based inlays are also the thinnest contactless inlay available on the market, specially designed for thin passport eDatapages. This 100% polycarbonate-finished eDatapage is therefore much more robust at combatting forgery and counterfeiting.
The number of secure ID documents is growing on a global scale. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 55% of official documents in the world (driving licenses, health cards, identity cards, passports) will be “smart”, meaning, equipped with a chip.
More than 19 states in the world already use our inlays in their passports. As a supplier of contactless technology, Paragon ID can offer a wide range of inlays incorporating RFID antennas manufactured with silver ink that offer card manufacturers and national printers the ability to produce electronic passports, identity cards, electronic driving licenses and other contactless secure documents.
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