Boarder passage follows in many respects the same patterns as it did a few hundred years ago. The introduction of European digital passport will make a fully automated, secure and convenient walk-through boarder passage possible, thus establishing a completely new pattern in international travel.
In order to fully realise their potential for improvement of security, convenience and efficiency, the implementation of European digital passports must be supported by an industrial initiative that shows the way to consistently apply standards, develop a range of techniques and connect to new border control and airport processes. The Digital Passport project will produce a new generation of digital passports based on the combination of a traditional booklet with large capacity IC micro-controller containing and processing cardholder’s personal and biometric data. An RSA microprocessor will provide the support for PKI based security and capacity for encryption and digital signature. The terminal will support biometry, contactless connection to the passport and connection to applications including models of airport processes. The solution will be fully inside relevant standards such as ISO 7816-15, ISO 14443, ISO WG3 and it will collaborate with Schengen Information System and ICAO specifications.
The system will provide a complete, robust, reliable, proven, non-proprietary, standards compliant industrial concept. It will speed up the consistent implementation of next generation European digital passport and prolong the expected life-length of early implementations. The results will be efficiently disseminated to governments, police and boarder control authorities, standardisation bodies, secure printer suppliers and all other interested parties. The proposed project closely follows the objectives of the FP6 IST Programme, which underlines the importance of new trust and confidence solutions with the goal to improve dependability of technologies, infrastructures and applications