Nikola Benin, PhD
These new e-passport technologies will be introduced from 2015 to 2020 and represent a complete shift of paradigm which will be demonstrated in the project both through innovative and sometimes disruptive technology concepts (high-speed interface, multi-applicative embedded SW platform, on-card components (display, keypad,..), mobile and low cost readers but also use cases showing a large scope of new possible functionality (including in an international European airport).
15 partners from 5 Eureka countries are working on the project concept and realization, which will also address interoperability at application level, testability tooling and proactive input to world standardization.
Headed by Gemalto, world leader in digital security, NewPass designed and tested the next generation of electronic passports – documents capable of storing unprecedented levels of personal information in the chip on them. The team’s experts worked to ensure the passports would allow passengers to move through airport security checks quickly while not being easy to hack or copy by criminals.
“We’ve prototyped the world’s fastest and most secure e-passport with a combination of high-processing speed and the most advanced cryptographic mechanisms,” said Michael Gerassimo, project coordinator on NewPass from Gemalto’s Government Programs Solutions Group.