The Basel Border Crossing Project Utilizing Oti’s Smart ID Product Is Extended To More Border Crossings
Expansion Planned to All Passages Between Israel and Palestinian Authority
Fort Lee, NJ, April 19, 2005–On Track Innovations Ltd, (OTI) (NASDAQ: OTIV; Prime Standard [Frankfurt]: OT5), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments and other applications, today announced that the Basel Project, a border crossing system that includes contactless smart cards and biometrics for identifying Palestinians who wish to enter Israel, is being extended to more access points.
The Basel Project contract for the Erez border crossing at the Gaza Strip was awarded in September 1999 to a consortium including OTI who furnishes the front end solution based on its SmartID product, including ISO 14443 compliant cards, readers and related software. The Basel Project is currently the only operational project to use a contactless smart card with biometrics and PKI infrastructure. OTI’s SmartID solution incorporates the highest levels of security and provides solutions for national identification card programs, e-passports, border crossing and registered traveler programs.
Oded Bashan, President and CEO of OTI, stated, “The extension of the Basel Project is a testimony to the reliability, security and efficiency of our SmartID product. OTI’s SmartID solution meets the most stringent demands and has proven itself in some of the most secured environments. The solution and the experience gained in the Basel project can be utilized for other ID applications such as Electronic passports and national ID programs.”
The biometric-based contactless smart identification system monitors the entrance and exit of Palestinians while assuring a completely secure, exceptionally fast border crossing. The project is the most advanced exit/entry border control system in the world to use encryption, contactless smart card technology and both hand (hand geometry and fingerprints) and facial biometrics as the primary methods of identification. The new gates are currently under construction in different areas and the first cards have already been issued.
Those wishing to cross into Israel will request from the Civil Administration a contactless smart card that will be programmed with hand and facial biometrics and include recent photos and personal information programmed on a contactless chip embedded in the card. In order to cross the gates, which is expected to take no more than nine seconds, Palestinians will be required to place the card on a contactless reader and place their hand on a biometric sensor for identification. Once the identity has been confirmed, an automatic gate will open allowing the person to cross into Israel. If there is a problem with identification, the person is directed to another gate for additional security checks.
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ: OTIV, Prime Standard: OT5) 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, micro 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 prestigious ESCAT Award for smart card innovation in both 1998 and 2000. For more information on OTI, visit http://www.otiglobal.com.