Entrust expands border solution


Entrust says it has expanded its managed border solution to provide governments an easy-to-deploy method for inspecting advanced electronic machine-readable travel documents (eMRTD).

“Organisations can now deploy a single, managed solution to strengthen or reinforce identity-based security at border checkpoints,” says Bill Conner, president and CEO, Entrust. “Based on extensive experience with government and law enforcement agencies, Entrust offers countries a smart, cost-effective option to improve border security with a hosted solution that takes advantage of second-generation eMRTD security features."

According to the company, its latest offering simplifies the complex architecture associated with validating eMRTDs. It enables border security agencies to download revocation information from the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) public key directory (PKD); establish integration with domestic no-fly lists; and secure the transmission of validation material.

“Secure, seamless integration to these vital repositories helps form a trusted global security infrastructure,” says Mauricio Siciliano, manager of the ICAO eMRTD Program. “It’s the continued innovation of this trust foundation that will improve overall border security and help slow and deter identity-based fraud, international crime and other illegal activity."

The company says it provides governments the ability to properly read and verify first- and second-generation eMRTDs based on its hosted PKI technology. It adds: “the managed solution is deployed as a cloud-based service, further simplifying the need for dedicated hardware, facilities and expertise. For governments with limited expertise and budget, this managed solution provides key components for proper document inspection — from a single, proven vendor.

“Understandably, great expense comes when implementing border controls, readers, endpoints, watch list integration and infrastructure,” says Conner. “With a hosted solution, border control agencies don’t require in-house expertise for PKI, and Entrust has established the appropriate relationship with ICAO — saving time, money and resources.”

The company says its ePassport solutions have been deployed in 15 countries, who have collectively issued more than half of the world’s ePassports in use today.


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