October 2008 saw Gemalto selected by the
Imprimerie Nationale, France’s national printer, to supply its
Coesys Issuance solution for personalizing second-generation biometric passports with digital biometric information like fingerprints. This success strengthens Gemalto's position as a leading player in the field of secure healthcare and ID personalization, where the company has already deployed 25 systems worldwide.
All European Member States must include digital biometric information in every passport issued from June 2009, a deadline France is now in a position to meet. Five pilot regions will start issuing the new biometric passports this fall, and the Imprimerie Nationale, which currently issues around three million passports per year, will gradually replace existing documents.
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