Gemalto chosen for Algerian passports

Digital security company to help Algerian governmental agency with ePassports

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Gemalto chosen for Algerian passports According to A. Bouzbib, senior vice president of government programmes at Gemalto, the solutions provider expects that over 50% of passports in circulation in 2017 will embed a microprocessor.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 22, 2014

Digital security company, Gemalto has announced that it has been chosen to provide the Algerian governmental agency, Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie with its Sealys eCover for e-passports and embedded e-travel software.

Gemalto will support the country’s e-passport programme, as well as increase its production capacity using its technology to ensure rapid deployment of e-passports for Algerian citizens.

“The worldwide conversion from paper identity documents to e-documents is continuing and Gemalto expects that over 50% of passports in circulation in 2017 will embed a microprocessor,” said A. Bouzbib, senior vice president of Government Programmes at Gemalto. “Algeria is following this worldwide trend and Gemalto’s global experience will allow the Algerian authorities to realise their goals within the shortest possible timeframe.”  

Gemalto’s Sealys eCovers meet the high durability and quality requirements of the Algerian programme as they are wear-resistant for the life-span of the e-passport.

The embedded Sealys eTravel software is ICAO Common Criteria-certified enabling Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie to "benefit from improved personalisation performance and cost reduction of e-passport issuance", according to Gemalto.

“We needed a reliable partner to ensure that the e-passports are delivered as quickly as possible to citizens throughout the country,” said the Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie in a statement. “Gemalto has the global experience and service level, including redundancy production capabilities, to enable us to perform the smooth issuance of the documents in all phases of the programme.”

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