OTI to Supply End-to-End Electronic Passport and Border Control System to be Implemented in a European Country
Advanced System Includes eStickers, Enrollment and Personalization Infrastructure, and Border Control System for ePassports
Fort Lee, NJ, February 19, 2008–On Track Innovations Ltd, (OTI) (NASDAQ- GM: OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments and other applications, announced today that it will supply its end-to-end ePassport and border control system to be implemented in a European country. OTI will be providing eStickers which enable the upgrade of existing passports to ePassports, and an advanced infrastructure for ePassport issuing and border control passenger inspection and verification. The system meets the latest standards for electronic passports set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Union. OTI has already received initial orders to supply the system to the country’s passport issuing National Center and border control stations following a successful pilot. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2008. Total orders are expected to reach several millions of dollars over the next few years.
The end-to-end system, based on OTI’s MAGNA™ platform, includes:
Enrollment and personalization infrastructure including image and fingerprint enrollment, ePassport personalization (utilizing eStickers), secured materials management system, digital signature generator, and ePassport QA and issuing stations.
OTI’s sophisticated eSticker (electronic secured sticker) based on OTI’s Hercules™ Operating System, provides a breakthrough solution by enabling the upgrade of existing passports to ePassports in a simple, quick and cost effective manner. The upgrade of existing passports is done by placing the secured eSticker, which includes the electronic components, within the existing passport. The country’s upgraded electronic passport with OTI’s eSticker has been certified by a reputable international laboratory.
Border control system based on passenger biometric identification applications, electronic passport identification, and both optical and electronic means to detect forged passports. The system, which is operable whether it is online or offline, enables border control officers to receive unequivocal identification using a combination of two biometric means–fingerprints and facial recognition.
OTI’s MAGNA™ modular platform offers short implementation and quick integration with the country’s existing border control system and provides external interfaces to the country’s central digital certificate storage for signature verification. Due to the fact that the system fully complies with the ICAO and EU standards, it offers a migration path to additional e-Gov applications and to additional electronic ID documents, such as National IDs, Voter IDs, Driver Licenses, and more.
Oded Bashan, Chairman and CEO of OTI, stated, “This system further strengthens OTI’s offering in the ePassport and border control markets. OTI’s end-to-end MAGNA™ based solution complemented by the company’s knowledge and experience, will allow countries to access a quick and cost effective migration path for the implementation of ePassports and Border Control systems.”
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ- GM: OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking, loyalty programs and secure campuses. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.
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