July 21, 2003
Machine-readable passports 2.0: Bio-RFID

Starting October 2003, the US Visa Waiver programme requires machine readable passports for hazzle-free entry to the US. New tidbit today; we're going to need yet another passport before October 2004, as they now also require RFID-tagged passports with biometric information!

ZDNet reports

EU passports get biometric data

New EU passports will be embedded with a radio frequency ID chip that contains biometric data, after standards bodies put the technology on a fast-track to deployment.

International technical standards and civil aviation organisations have confirmed that they are working on deploying passports containing details that enable the "machine-assisted identification" of the passenger, which will be required by travellers visiting the US from October 2004.

More info at PlanetAnalog, including discussion of technical options, and the uplifting news:
Separately, various technical subgroups within International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are hard at work standardizing biometrics' logical data structure. The groups have said they do not expect to complete their work until next year at the earliest, but reportedly they are under great pressure from various quarters to pick up the pace.
Yahoo. Yet another last minute passport swap...

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i need to know the details of the RFid system linked with biometrics.

cheers
Mohan

Posted by: MohanKumar on December 10, 2004 04:39 AM
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