The British passport office shows off the new design for the travel identity documents, which also include a special secondary image of the passport holder, and a construction method designed to thwart criminals. Special watermarks abound, and the new design boasts a ‘perfect alignment’ of inks.
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A biometric and identity trade group is raising concerns about part of a U.S. Senate bill – the TSA Modernization Act – that could water down the importance of fingerprint biometrics in the vetting of travelers who apply for the TSA’s PreCheck program. The group is urging lawmakers to consider the safety and privacy risks of such a change.
The technology partnership from two companies relies on patient photos to avoid mistakes and duplicate medical records. Data is stored on HIPPA-compliant servers, and involves a smartphone and tablet app that can further the scope and scale of the solution.
Most countries now issue the secure travel documents, according to a new Gemalto report, providing clear benefits to travelers and trade. Those countries that have yet to join the trend face security challenges and the expense of going without.
A project involving HID Global seeks to put personal and banking information on millions of contact chips cards designed for current and retired government workers. Withdrawing pay and pensions from ATMs are among the cards’ planned capabilities.
The Latin-inspired IDEMIA reflects the firm’s commitment to a ‘safer world’ based on trusted identities. The company, which formed from an Oberthur and Morpho merger, also plans to focus on biometric ID under a push for what it calls augmented identity.
The decades-old technology is holding its own even as secure authentication relies more on biometrics and digital methods of ID. In spite of the newer tech, holograms are appearing on more passports and appear poised to command a place in the emerging mobile ID world.