HID Global has completed its redesign of Estonia’s ePassport booklet. The project was carried out on behalf of the country’s Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), which will now be issuing the new booklets to Estonian citizens looking to renew their travel documents.
The encrypted HID Global document comes with a slew of next-generation features to prevent forgeries, fraud, and identity theft. The polycarbonate datapage is printed with two laser images and optically variable inks, and has a window shaped like Estonia itself. HID Global will also provide the inventory and issuance software needed to encode the document’s secure chip, and track booklets from manufacturing through to personalization. Other, more aesthetic features include pages that showcase Estonia’s climate and six animals native to the country.
“Estonia took a significant step forward with the new passport project, introducing the identity document which tells the story of Estonia in the world,” said PPA Identity and Stauts Bureau Chief Expert Eliisa Sau. “With the project not only was the design changed, but the first ever polycarbonate datapage was introduced together with new technology and semi-automated personalisation process.”
“HID is proud to meet the rigorous quality and technical ePassport specifications required by the government of Estonia,” added HID Global SVP and Head of Secure Issuance and Citizen ID Solutions Craig Sandness. “The new booklets and supporting software solution simultaneously enhance the country’s ePassport document with industry-leading security features, while capturing the essence of Estonia’s national identity.”
HID Global delivered the Estonian ePassport only a few short months after delivering a similar document to Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tanzania and Argentina are some of the other countries that have issued travel documents to their citizens using technology from HID Global. The company itself completed its acquisition of De La Rue’s identity business back in 2019.