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Kingdom of Bahrain Awards HID with ePassport Solution Delivery


HID has announced it has been awarded the contract to supply the Kingdom of Bahrain with an end-to-end ePassport solution. It will enable the country to improve its identity journey by moving from a machine-readable passport (MRP) to an electronic passport. The solution will be supported by HID’s chip operating system SOMA™ and HID Integrale™. The latter is a modular ID system for enrollment, personalisation and issuance of identity documents.

The ePassport will store biometric and biographic data of Bahraini citizens in the chip. This will increase the overall security and worldwide trust in the travel document. With this deployment, Bahrain will be able to join the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) group of 180 countries. These countries can access and exchange passport data. ICAO PKD countries are able to share cryptographic keys that allow them to access and read the data in the chip. The ePassport will facilitate visa applications for Bahraini travelers, simplify the immigration process and enable the use of automated border control systems. These systems include eGates, which make the travel experience easier and more secure.

“HID is proud to help support Bahrain’s vision for citizens to travel more easily and securely,” said Craig Sandness, Senior Vice President and Head of Secure Issuance and Citizen ID Solutions at HID.” We have a long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and we look forward to extending it by delivering a full end-to-end ePassport solution.”

The new Bahraini ePassport is designed to have the highest level of security. It features the colour portrait of the passport holder and HID’s unique security feature, Mirage. It protects the structure of the document and the holder’s portrait, helping to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent alteration. It is also quick and easy to authenticate for border control officers as the portrait of the citizen disappears to reveal a watermark when viewed against transmitted light. Mirage combines five methods of security, which makes it extremely difficult to reproduce.

The passport’s design reflects the country’s rich culture and history. Bahrain is working with HID’s award-winning design team, which has already won various awards. These awards were given to HID for the identity solutions it has provided to Estonia, Malta, Tanzania, Ireland, and Argentina.

Visit the HID website to learn more about its citizen identity and document issuance solutions.