Securitydocumentworld.com is the premier portal worldwide for providing cutting-edge and fully-researched news and information to all those involved in the security document business. The site’s main focus is on the design, manufacture, personalization and use of documents such as passports, ID cards (of all varieties), visas and driving licences, but it also covers a host of other security documents and vertical markets such as border control.

Headline News

New Zealand to revive to 10-year passports in 2016 26 May 2015

New Zealand has decided to revert to 10-year passports in 2016 following a change to five-year travel documents last decade.

Lisbon airport first to trial EC’s smart borders programme 26 May 2015

Portugal’s Lisbon International Airport has become the first in Europe to try a pilot programme studying the Entry/Exit control procedures of third country nationals into the Schengen Area.


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The world’s leading document security show – now with an exhibition floor 100% sold out - focuses on ePassports, visas, driving licenses, national IDs, worker credentials, advanced border control, anti- counterfeiting, fraud detection, and much more. The event will provide a global showcase for next-generation human identity solutions, focusing on intrinsic document security and new cutting-edge secure infrastructure in live situations.


3M unveils document reader targeted at businesses 26 May 2015

3M launches the CR5400 Double-Sided ID1 Reader.

SITA launches Border Automation User Group 25 May 2015

Border security and aviation IT firm establishes SITA Border Automation User Group.  

Hungary govt submits eID bill to parliament 22 May 2015

Hungary’s government has submitted a bill on the creation of an eID architecture to the country’s parliament, according to local media.

Tommy Nilsson becomes interim CFO at Precise 22 May 2015

Precise Biometrics appoints Tommy Nilsson as interim CFO.

Israel brings in eGates at Ben Gurion Airport 21 May 2015

Israel has deployed 17 biometric entry gates at the Passport Control section of Ben-Gurion airport. 

IBIA questions TSA's PreCheck expansion plans 21 May 2015

The International Biometrics and Identification Association has objected to plans by the Transportation Security Administration to use just biographic data solutions for the PreCheck programme. 

Holoptica patent published for holoQR product 20 May 2015

Silicon Valley-based holographic security firm Holoptica has had a patent related to synthetic DNA published for its holoQR product.

Hamster Pro 20 certified for IP65 20 May 2015

SecuGen's Hamster Pro 20 fingerprint reader adds IP65 to list of certifications.

UNHCR and Accenture team for refugee scheme 20 May 2015

UNHCR works with Accenture to deliver biometric technology system for registering and verifying the identities of displaced persons around the world.

Global Gateway Alliance calls for more automation 18 May 2015

New study released from Global Gateway Alliance identifies best and the worst times of day to pass through Customs at New York area airports. 

HID Global, Botosoft launch student id system in West Africa 18 May 2015

Secure identity solutions firm HID Global has launched a student ID verification solution in West Africa with local partner Botosoft.

Gibraltar reveals eID card plans 15 May 2015

British overseas territory Gibraltar has announced plans to launch the “EU’s most advanced" biometric eID card by the end of June. 

Identiv releases Q1 results 14 May 2015

Identiv records Q1 revenues of US$14.9 million.

Australia invests US$26.9 m in new identity system 14 May 2015

Australia has allocated US$26.9m towards developing a large-scale identity management system as part of its Federal Budget 2015.

Nigeria renews e-passport contract 14 May 2015

Nigeria has renewed its contract with domestic firm IRIS Smart Technologies  for a period of four years and for the production of 10 million e-passport booklets, according to senior officials.

South Africa launches smart-id bank initiative 14 May 2015

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has launched a project that will see banks assist the government in the issuing of smart-card identity documents.

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Latest Interviews

Håvard Nordbø

Assistant chief of Police, Norwegian National Police directorate. Norway

Interview: Hans Wolfgang Kunz and Hermann Sterzinger, Veridos GmbH

Giesecke & Devrient and Bundesdruckerei have come together to bundle their international ID business and launched the Veridos joint venture at the beginning of the year. In this interview, Hans Wolfgang Kunz, CEO of Veridos, and Hermann Sterzinger, COO of Veridos tell us what makes this company unique.

Ulrich Schneider

Senior Scientist, Bundeskriminalamt, Forensic Science Institute, KT 43 - Identity Document Systems, Germany

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Latest Features

Identity in a hyper-connected, mobile world

As providers of essential online services to whole populations, governments must take the lead in providing highly secure economic and social interactions that suit our new digital identities. 

National Mobile ID schemes Learning from today's best practices

Looking ahead to 2020, many studies show the predominant role that mobile devices and - more broadly - connected objects, will have in our lives.

Gemalto discusses how some visionary countries have made the leap to mobile identity or m-ID, meaning the creation of a mechanism - initiated using the eID component - for accessing online services with a high level of security thanks to mobile devices.

Securing the weakest links for a safer travel experience

Travel documents confirm the identity of persons and enable seamless and secure international travel but are only as satisfactory as the identification-related systems behind their production, issuance, control and inspection.

Gemalto discusses the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) considers new global approach, the Traveler identification Program (TRIP) initiative.

Electronic Driver's Licenses: Driving towards the future

eDLs present a significant opportunity for issuing authorities to provide meaningful services to motorists. At the same time, these new licenses can simplify administration, provide higher-quality data and services, and can make organizations more efficient. NXP reports.

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SDW Conference and connect:ID News

HID Global, Botosoft launch student id system in West Africa

Secure identity solutions firm HID Global has launched a student ID verification solution in West Africa with local partner Botosoft.

SMP unveils programme for SDW 2015 conference

Science Media Partners has revealed its conference programme for SDW 2015, the world's largest dedicated conference and exhibition for security document and identity management professionals.

SDW 2015 conference line up revealed

Biometrics, smart secure credentials and the digital economy come to the fore at SDW 2015.

STMicroelectronics’ microcontroller selected by Sony for Japan project

Global semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics’ dual-interface secure microcontroller has been selected by Sony to power the new micropayment-enabled cards that will reach Japanese consumers by H1 2016.

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