Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing online identities and information, presented an overview of how mobile technologies and cloud-based services will impact ePassport technology at the ICAO Regional Seminar on MRTDS: Biometrics and Border Security in Singapore this week.
In the presentation, Entrust underscored that mobile and cloud-based offerings are currently disrupting the IT landscape and will soon need to be addressed by governments and border control agencies. Entrust noted that while it will be necessary for agencies to devote time to prepare, these new technologies offer great potential.
Entrust Senior Product Marketing Manager David Mahdi said, “The growing computational power and lower costs of mobile devices make these tools increasingly accessible to nearly every border agent around the world. Mobile technology, coupled with cloud-based solutions, offers countries and jurisdictions the possibility of inspecting and validating ePassports anywhere in the world, which alleviates the cost and complexity of ePassport technology that has left many countries around the world behind.“
Entrust provides a hosted, PKI-based inspection service that can be seamlessly integrated with the ICAO PKD and domestic do-not-fly lists, and is compliant with ICAO and EU standards. The company is an industry leader in the issuance of ePassports and border security technology including advanced electronic machine-readable travel documents (eMRTD). Entrust technology currently is in use in a number of countries issuing a high volume of ePassports, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore, Ireland, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, New Zealand, Canada and Finland.
The ICAO Regional Seminar on MRTDS: Biometrics and Border Security, which is being held Nov. 30- Dec. 2 in Singapore, addressed current and emerging ICAO machine readable travel document (MRTD) specifications, identity management best practices and related border security issues with focus on the Asia-Pacific region.