Thales delivers next-gen e-passports for Thailand

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The DGM Consortium through Thales has delivered the next generation of e-passports to the Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Launched on the July 8 and commemorated on August 5 through an official inauguration ceremony, the latest e-passport includes enhanced security features such as embedded biometric data and an embossed signature.

Over the next seven years, 15 million technologically-advanced and high-security e-passports will be delivered to Thai citizens.

The newly designed 64-page biometric travel document includes an e-Cover and a thin, flexible data page made of polycarbonate material. The reverse side of the data page features a high definition, true colour UV picture of one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks, the Wat Arun temple.

The security features visible on the data page include an additional secondary image of the citizen perforated in the semi-transparent window; as well as the traditional Thai four-petal lotus symbol, the line-pra-jum-yam, embossed using Thales’ Secure Surface technology.

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Designed to counter new types of forgeries, Thales Secure Surface provides optical elements with light reflective and animation effects revealed by tilting a document in different angles. This visible security feature allows fast and efficient verification by border authorities.

An additional perceptible feature is the tactile signature of the citizen embossed on the data page. Biometric data is securely embedded into the passport chip using Thales’ secure embedded software. This software provides strong security for identification and protection of citizens’ privacy.

The technological features of the passport ensures secure and fast border crossing, while complying with all relevant data protection laws in Thailand and is fully compliant to the highest security standards recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Since the project’s inception, Thales has trained 250 local experts in its passport issuance technologies. Over the next seven years, Thales will be operating know-how transfer and upskilling more than 500 Thai nationals in its technologies, thus significantly contributing to the local economy.

“Thai citizens now possess one of the world’s most sophisticated e-passports that integrate biometrics and other high-security features that will provide a seamless and secure travel experience,” said Massimo Marinzi, country director of Thales in Thailand.

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