Timor introduces ePassports

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens.

The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model.

It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document.

Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, provide support and maintenance services.

East Timor, also known as The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, has been an independent nation in Southeast Asia since 2002., when it gained independence from Indonesia. It is closely aligned to ASEAN, but not a full-member.

With Gemalto’s end-to-end solution, authorities can register ePassport applicants, capture their fingerprints at selected offices and embassies, and issue travel documents using the latest digital security technologies.

Citizens can enjoy a speedy application process and issuance as well as seamless border crossing.

“We now have the capability to issue a more secure ICAO-compliant ePassport so that our citizens can avoid any inconvenience at the borders,” said the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Minister of Justice, Ivo Valente.

“Gemalto’s one-stop solution allows us to migrate to the latest electronic travel documents with ease and confidence. It works with all major printers, and for both centralized and decentralised issuance”.

“Gemalto strongly supports the ICAO’s Traveller Identification Program (TRIP). Our solution is designed with multiple layers of security, from data collection and booklet production to ePassport issuance and use at borders,” said Gemalto senior vice president government programmes Asia, Ng Fook-Seng.