France’s Oberthur to aid US with e-passports

18th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 17 (AFP) - French credit card maker Oberthur Card Systems said Tuesday it had been chosen by the US Government Printing Office as a major provider of technology for the development and tests of a future electronic US passport.

PARIS, Jan 17 (AFP) - French credit card maker Oberthur Card Systems said Tuesday it had been chosen by the US Government Printing Office as a major provider of technology for the development and tests of a future electronic US passport.

The company did not provide financial details.

"Oberthur Card Systems and the American government will carry out joint tests of the program this year," the group said in a statement.

So-called e-passports developed by Oberthur contain a computer chip "that permits the stockage of biometric data and is compatible with most non-contact chip readers," it added.

Oberthur said electronic passports would help reinforce security and speed up border controls.

© AFP

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