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New Irish ePassport Wins International Design Award

HID 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

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: and

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