Gemalto confirms UK passport win

23/04/18

Gemalto has confirmed it has won the UK Home Office tender for the production of the next generation of British passports and associated services. 

The contract is for 11.5 years, including 10 years of production and issuance services.   

Gemalto says: “For the first time, the British passport’s data page (also known as the biographical data page) will be made from polycarbonate instead of paper. This material makes the document extremely secure; any attempt to tamper with it causes visible damage. The material is more durable than paper, preserving the integrity of the document over its lifespan. The digital component of the new British passport will rely on a highly secure Operating System designed to comply with ICAO standards, developed and secured in-house by Gemalto. 

Mark Thomson, director general for HM Passport Office, said: “I am delighted that we have awarded the contract to design and produce the new blue passport. I look forward to working with Gemalto to continue to deliver a world-class service to British nationals around the world, and keep the UK passport as a global leader of document security.” 

Gemalto says the passports will be personalised in the UK to ensure all citizens' personal and biometric data remains in the country. It adds: “This process will further extend Gemalto's presence in the UK, where it has operated for the last 25 years and create new jobs, supplementing the 500+ staff which Gemalto already employs in the UK, as well as generating secondary economic benefits in the local communities where Gemalto will be manufacturing the passports. In line with HMPO tender requirements, Gemalto has developed a complete business continuity plan, featuring the multi sourcing of key components and a manufacturing capability distributed over several factories.”

 

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