The Bundesdruckerei group, a German ID solutions provider, will be issuing 2.5 million electronic passports annually for Venezuela. The company will also be supplying laser printers that allows for personalization of both the passports and ID cards.
Berlin – The Bundesdruckerei group will supply polycarbonate passport cards along with the entire personalization system for electronic passports to Venezuela’s Ministry of the Interior. Starting in March, Venezuela will issue ePassports to its citizens and is thus the first country in Latin America to introduce passports with an integrated chip. Venezuela expects to issue about 2.5 million electronic passports annually.
The Bundesdruckerei group will manufacture the passport cards from polycarbonate into which a chip is integrated. These cards will then be sewn into the passport booklet on site and personalized. What’s more, the Bundesdruckerei group will also supply the entire system for the personalization of the ePassports. Several ME 5000 laser engraving machines from Maurer Electronics will be used for this purpose. This is the only system worldwide which can optically and electronically personalize both biometric passports and ID cards. The contract includes the hardware and software required to operate the personalization systems, on-site training of staff and other service and maintenance tasks in the years to come.
The Bundesdruckerei group is already responsible for the ePassport systems of Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania and Latvia. With Venezuela, the company is now providing the first Latin American country with such a system. “This contract is one of the major international reference projects for the Bundesdruckerei group. We expect that it will pave the way for other projects in Latin America”, said Ulrich Hamann, CEO of Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
Bundesdruckerei GmbH Berlin is one of the world’s leading companies engaged in developing and supplying systems solutions for secure identification. In addition to passport and ID-card systems, the company supplies ID documents, high-security cards, document checking devices, security software along with trust center services to national and international customers. Bundesdruckerei GmbH also produces banknotes, postage and revenue stamps as well as electronic publications.