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New Irish ePassport Wins International Design Award
|By Business Wire
|June 9, 2014 03:06 AM EDT
Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today
announced that the newly designed Irish electronic passport (e-passport)
has won the Regional
ID Document of the Year Award 2014 at the annual High Security
Printing Conference in Milan. HID Global joined forces with DLRS Group
(prime), and X INFOTECH to design and produce the new Irish e-passports.
The award was presented to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Regional ID Document of the Year award aims to promote the best in
security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a
government passport, identity or other security card scheme. In
presenting the award the conference organizers, Reconnaissance
International, recognized the pioneering use of many new high security
printing technologies and techniques by the consortium led by DLRS, HID
Global and X INFOTECH.
“We are delighted that the newly designed Irish e-passport has gained
international recognition,” said Joe Nugent, Director of Passport
Services, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. “Not only does our new
passport use the latest security technologies to protect citizens’
identities but the use of images depicting Irish culture and landscapes
has created a sense of pride among our citizens.”
The new Irish e-passport is both more attractive and secure than its
predecessor and combines the latest security technology with selected
imagery that represents the culture, history and people of Ireland.
Prime for both security and Irish culture is the image of the Bru na
Boinne stone printed using SPARK colour shifting ink technology. Another
feature involves images situated on the edge of each pair of pages –
when the pages are partially bent for the edges to be side by side, the
two images form a complete image. The new passport also features poems
from three of Ireland’s best-known poets – Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, William
Butler Yeats, and James Orr.
“DLRS is proud to have led the team that created the document that won
this prestigious award,” said David O’Connor, Sales Director, DLRS. “Our
goal was to deliver a secure and flexible e-passport solution within the
budget and timeline set by the Irish government. I am happy to report we
exceeded our goal not only meeting time and budget parameters but
creating one of the most secure and visually appealing e-passport
designs to date.”
The cost of the new passports is nearly half that of their predecessors,
which will result in annual savings of 4 million Euros. The award was
accepted by Fiona Penollar of the Irish Passport Office as well as
Joseph Callaghan and William Byrne of DLRS.
“We would like to congratulate Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs
and DLRS for winning this international award,” said Rob Haslam, Vice
President Government ID Solutions, HID Global. “We are proud our
polycarbonate data-page technology played a part in helping to achieve
the award-winning design.”
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About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services,
solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of
secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The
company’s served markets include physical and logical access control,
including strong authentication and credential management; card printing
and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure
government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in
animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary
brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®,
IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, and
HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over
2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that
support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY
Group brand. For more information, visit http://www.hidglobal.com.
About DLRS Group
DLRS Group Security Concepts is Ireland’s largest security
printer. Established since 1976, the company has production facilities
in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, servicing the needs of
major financial and government bodies. DLRS Group Security
Concepts is the market leader in security printed products, with over 20
years’ experience in passport manufacture and design. The company’s
reputation for quality and service is matched only by its reputation for
unrivalled integrity, developed through working closely with governments
for over 30 years. DLRS Group Security Concepts is
accredited to ISO9001:2008: the quality standard, ISO14001:2004:
environmental management and ISO27001:2005: the IS security standard.
DLRS Group is a member of the Smurfit Kappa Group,
world-leader in paper based packaging, operating in 22 countries in
Europe, Smurfit Kappa Group is the European leader in containerboard,
solid board, corrugated and solid board packaging and has a key position
in several other paper packaging market segments. The Group also
operates in 9 countries in Latin America where it is the only
pan-european operator. More information on DLRS: please visit: www.dlrsgroup.com
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