Algeria taps Gemalto for new biometric Passport


​​ Algeria taps Gemalto for ePassports

Gemalto has been chosen to provide the Algerian governmental agency Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie with its electronic cover for ePassports​ and embedded eTravel software​ to support the country’s ePassport program, as well as to increase its production capacity.

The embedded  eTravel software ​​is ICAO Common Criteria certified and achieves industry-leading speeds for both personalization and secure data access. 

As a result, the Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie will benefit from improved personalization performance and cost reduction of ePassport issuance. In addition, Gemalto’s electronic cover meet the durability and quality requirements of the Algerian program, thanks to their excellent wear resistance over the lifetime of the ePassport​.

Ultra-secure biometric passport

This second generation ePassport is protected with Extended Access Control (EAC), which restricts access to biometry to authorized parties only. 

SAC ePassport ensures long-term privacy by providing future-proof anti-skimming and anti-eavesdropping beyond BAC. SAC leverages the MRZ with PACE v2 (Password Authenticated Connection Establishment) optimized for asymmetric cryptography and stronger elliptic curve based algorithms. 

Gemalto ePassport offer brings the following key benefits: 

  • Full compliancy to standards 
  • Seamless migration 
  • rusted and future-proof​
​Our products have been rolled out in over 30 ePassport programs including in particular Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Denmark, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Ivory Coast, Korea, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Sweden, Singapore, Turkey, the USA.​


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