UAE Ministry of Interior deploys e-passport PKI solution
PKI solution will authentication of e-passport data to speed up border processes
The Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates has deployed a new public key infrastructure (PKI) solution to verify the authenticity of electronic passports at its border control checkpoints.
The complete solution was provided by Abu Dhabi-based Emirates German Security Printing LLC (EGSP), a joint venture with prime contractor Bundesdruckerei as part of the National Public Key Directory (NPKD) project.
The new solution will allow border control to ensure that foreign and domestic passports are genuine and unaltered, to help combat identity fraud. With trusted biometric information contained in the e-passport, parts of the border clearance process can also be automated, to speed up border crossing.
Electronic passports are embedded with a chip that prevents the undetected manipulation of the personal data of the passport holder. Using the Public Key Directory of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), border control authorities can verify the authenticity of the passport data. They rely on having access to prequalified certificates, called Document Signer Certificates, and other public key infrastructure (PKI) data from active ICAO member states.
The Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates has now introduced the National PKD system to examine the data obtained from the ICAO PKD and from other sources and to forward the appropriate certificates and certificate revocation lists (CRLs) to all document verification systems (so-called 'Inspection Systems') at border control posts in the UAE. In September 2011, the United Arab Emirates became the first country in the Middle East to join the ICAO PKD as an active member. Now it is the first country in the Middle East that implemented a National PKD solution.
For the implementation of security solution, EGSP was supported by its partners HJP Consulting GmbH, Bundesdruckerei GmbH, secunet Security Networks AG and Giesecke & Devrient GmbH.