Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Second live e-Passport trial begun at SFO

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced the beginning of the second live trial of a prototype electronic passport system (e-Passport) based on personal biometric data carried in a contactless chipset that is embedded in the passport. Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and the USA are participating in this second trial of the technology, which is a key part of the US-VISIT program for immigration control. The first trial highlighted several issues that have since been addressed and are now being tested in this second trial, such as the theoretical ability of eavesdroppers to pick up the personal data as it is being transferred over the contactless link.

Hat tip: Contactless News

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