Tuesday 23 June 2009

Next generation passports

Here's something I need to find out more about - the next generation passport:
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has announced De La Rue has won the contract to produce the next-generation British passport book under a new £400 million contract.

The passport, which will be available from October 2010, will have a new design and improved security features including the capacity to hold fingerprint biometrics. According to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), it will give citizens added protection from identity theft and help secure borders against passport and identity fraud.

The contract will ensure the British passport keeps pace with international standards for travel documents.

"The British passport is recognised as one of the best in the world and we want to keep it that way. Today we are affirming our commitment to making this travel document more secure than ever by using fingerprint biometrics," said IPS chief executive James Hall.

"Upgrading the British passport is essential to keep pace with the most advanced international standards for travel documents and will ensure that British citizens have the freedom to travel easily world-wide.

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