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Singapore e-passports use NXP smart chip tech

Posted: 27 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP Semiconductors  Singapore  biometric passports  smart-card 

NXP Semiconductors, an independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has announced that Singapore's biometric passports, fully implemented in August 2006, utilise its industry-leading secure contact less smart card chip technology. These passports have been issued to comply with the recommendations and requirements laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Common Criteria EAL5+ security certified NXP SmartMX chip technology embedded in the Singaporean passports is secured by highly advanced encryption hardware – and physical hacking counter measures – to meet the sophisticated demands of security-sensitive markets such as eGovernment and banking. It will be used to protect and store unique biometric information, reducing the fraud and forgery of travel documents and enhancing security for travellers. The chips for this implementation will be manufactured by Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Corp., a Singapore-based producer of advanced semiconductor wafers.

"Interoperability and security of electronic travel documents are must-haves for governments. Any e-passport project must deliver both, as these are crucial to ensuring public acceptance of this new means of secure identification. The use of NXP's secure technology for Singapore's e-passports is a rousing testimony that we can deliver both," said Christophe Duverne, vice president and general manager for Identification, NXP. "Technology should simplify consumer's lives, and e-passports are a good example of how that can be achieved. They enable greater levels of security than offered by current passports and, boost traveller safety; e-passports also allow governments to better protect their borders."

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