Bray, Ireland, April 5th , 2019 – Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts, Ireland’s leading security printer and security solutions provider, today announced that the new Tanzania ePassport, designed and delivered in partnership with AG2 and HID Global and its local partners SoftNet, was honoured with a major award at the High Security Printing conference in Malta last week.
The prestigious ‘Regional ID Document of the Year 2019 for Best New ePassport Book’ award win is part of the Tanzania e-Immigration programme that has been widely recognised as one that is transforming the immigration system of this African nation. Tanzania moved from a traditional MRP booklet to a complete eImmigration in record time. In just four months, Tanzania transitioned from awarding the contract to HID Global and its partners, Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts (previously DLRS), AG2 and Softnet, to completion.
The Tanzanian ePassport is a state-of-the-art document that features a polycarbonate datapage. The design of the booklet captures local themes and cultures across the visa pages, datapage and end papers, helping to generate a sense of national pride in the passport holder.
“The success of the Tanzanian eImmigration programme started with a vision by the country’s leaders to work with best-in-class solution providers, and we are honoured that HID Global was selected based on our proven leadership in citizen ID programmes,” said Steve Warne, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Citizen ID business with HID Global.
“The award for the Tanzanian ePassport reflects the team effort that it took from forward-thinking government officials, to our partners, to our internal HID team. Tanzania’s ePassport is being recognised as a breakthrough example of a next-generation citizen ID.”
“This award further endorses the quality of product provided by Smurfit Kappa Security Solutions,” added Tom O’Mahony, Managing Director of Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts.
“This award was also bestowed on the Irish Passport (2014) and Irish Passport Card (2016), both of which were provided by Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts in partnership with HID and AG2, and we are very proud to be part of the team that delivered this award-winning passport book to Tanzania.”
Since early 2018, HID Global has been Tanzania’s primary supplier of an end-to-end solution for issuing ePassports with advanced physical and electronic security features, automated verification capabilities and, importantly, a contactless chip embedded in the polycarbonate datapage.
The country now has a single citizen identification system that spans the entire identity journey from data capture to issuance and can be used to support ePassports, eVisas, ePermits and other physical electronic documents. The solution is also “future ready,” anticipating the requirements of the next generation of identities.
HID’s solutions can be found in sixty percent of all government-issued electronic identity projects around the world. As a solutions provider, HID is delivering complete, end-to-end system solutions that meet governmental requirements for national ID, ePassport, foreign resident ID, driver license, vehicle registration and other programmes.
About Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts
Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts (previously DLRS) is Ireland’s leading security printer and security solutions provider. Established since 1976, the company has a production facility in the Republic of Ireland servicing the needs of major financial and government bodies. Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts is wholly owned by Smurfit Kappa Group and is the market leader in security printed products, with over 25 years’ experience in passport manufacture and design. The company’s reputation for quality and service is matched only by its reputation for unrivalled integrity, developed through working closely with governments for over 40 years. Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts is accredited to ISO9001:2015 the quality standard, ISO14001:2015: environmental management and ISO27001:2013: the IS security standard and ISO14298:2013 the Intergraf Security Printing Standard.
AG2 (the security arm of Absolute Graphics) is an internationally recognised design company specialising in the Passport and Secure Documents sector. Established since 2003, AG2 has won international acclaim for both the Irish Passport and the Irish Passport Card and is a well-established player in the Secure Document design arena.
About HID Global
HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
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