Eighteen months after its introduction, 31 countries have recognized the INTERPOL Global Smart eID & eVisa multipurpose, smart card credential.
The INTERPOL Global Smart eID & eVisa is a travel document secured by PKI technology that provides enterprise smart card capabilities for logical and physical access to INTERPOL facilities and networks. As a travel document, the card supports both Basic Access Control and Extended Access Control e-passport standards. It also is the basis for special visa status from granting member countries, allowing for secure enterprise access and speedier border crossings.
The card was developed through a collaboration among INTERPOL, Entrust and EDAPS. Entrust provided the PKI platform for the product.
The 31 countries that recognize the card are spread throughout five continents. An additional 60 countries are currently working on the process needed to accept the card. The Economic Cooperation Organization, Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization and the African Union all support this smart card. INTERPOL is working with other regional bodies, including the European Union, to broaden its acceptance.