New Irish ePassport rolls out


HID Global has joined forces with security printing firm DLRS Group, and system integrator X INFOTECH to implement the technology for the new Irish ePassport project.

The companies are providing an end-to-end solution including ePassport delivery, personalisation and production management. According to HID, the new documents use the latest security technologies to protect citizens’ identities while providing the country with a flexible, efficient and highly secure passport solution.


“The new ePassport was introduced by Ireland’s Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State, Joe Costello on October 1,” says Joe Nugent, director of the passport personalisation centre with the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs. “We are very satisfied with all our partners’ teamwork, quality and professionalism to deliver our new and secure ePassport programme.”


DLRS is the prime contractor for the project. Beyond serving as the project manager for the joint effort, DLRS manufactures and delivers the new Irish passport booklets and configured the personalisation solution for the new ePassports alongside its partners HID Global and X INFOTECH.


“Our goal was to deliver a secure and flexible ePassport solution within the budget and timeline set by the Irish government,” says David O’Connor, sales director, DLRS. “I am happy to report we exceeded our goal not only meeting time and budget parameters but creating one of the most secure and visually appealing ePassport designs to date.”


The new Irish ePassport replaces the previous document, and uses security technology including HID Global’s polycarbonate electronic data page with contactless chip inlays. The new documents also incorporate HID Global’s Crack Prevention Feature (CPF) that enhances the durability and reliability of polycarbonate ePassport datapages, especially those with embedded RFID chips. HID says: “With CPF, governments can fully leverage the advantages of smart card technology and protect their investment by extending the life of ID credentials for up to 10 years.”


“HID Global is delighted to contribute to the new generation of Ireland’s ePassport and national eID programme,” says Rob Haslam, vice president, Government ID Solutions, HID Global. “Our co-operation with the national agencies and our partners has been extremely constructive to achieve our common target to develop a flexible, efficient and very secure passport issuing solution for the benefit of millions of Irish citizens.”


X INFOTECH provided its MultiPerso personalisation solution for contactless chips including ICAO data preparation.


The new passport features images of iconic Irish landmarks including the Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey and Croke Park, in addition to drawings depicting Irish music and dance and Gaelic games.


Mr Gilmore says: “Irish passport holders travel more often and to more destinations than at any time in the past.” More than 630,000 Irish passports were issued in 2012 and the Republic of Ireland has approximately 4.5 million citizens who could potentially be issued these new passports.


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