Reconnaissance, the organisers of High Security Printing EMEA, revealed the 2019 winners of the Regional ID Documents and Banknotes of the Year awards at a special ceremony during the conference in Malta on 26 March 2019.
The ID document awards, of which there are three, recognise outstanding achievement and technical sophistication of a document and promote the best in system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport or national identity card scheme.
The banknote awards, meanwhile, recognise excellence in design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, and again there are three categories – Best New Series, Best New Banknote and Best New Commemorative Banknote.
Tanzania’s new e Passport, Estonia’s new national e ID card and the new EU Visa project were the winners of the ID awards. Switzerland’s new banknote series, the new Bulgarian 100 lev and South Africa’s commemorative series celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s’ birth have all been recognised as best in their class in the banknote awards.
Best New ePassport
The first award went to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania for the new Tanzanian e Passport.
Tanzania has moved from an MRP booklet to a phased implementation of a complete e Immigration system in January 2018, with the first stage of the project, including the issuance of the first e Passports, being only four months from contract award to completion.
The new e Passport features a polycarbonate data page incorporating laser engraving technology, an optically variable feature and positive and negative embossing incorporating an MLI lens. The data page also carries an ICAO compliant secure RFID microcontroller chip and operating system with ICAO LDS 1.7 as well as BAC, EAC and the latest SAC/PACE security mechanisms, certified up to EAL6+.
The design of the booklet captures local themes and cultures across the visa pages, data page and end papers, helping to engender a sense of national pride in the carrier.
Notable features include end papers with duplex security patterns and rainbow split duct printing, and two colour Intaglio printing incorporating a latent image and an optically variable print feature. Among the security features on the visa pages are rainbow split duct printing in both visible and invisible inks, For edge registration feature and hidden page identifiers.
One of the benefits of the new e Passport solution is that the holder can have an emergency passport on their smart phone, if their passport is stolen or lost in another country. This passport, verifiable electronically by the embassy, allows the traveller to obtain the necessary document to return home or request a replacement passport without the need for further online checks, filling out forms or other time-consuming tasks. The mobile emergency passport has been developed using HID’s mobile go ID solution. The new e Passport will, at the same time, make travel easier for the country’s citizens, through the use of automated border control stations.
The passport booklet is one component of an end to end system solution to support the enrolment, adjudication, personalisation, issuance and authentication of the ePassport, plus border control and e Visa systems.
The transformational project has been instigated by the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tanzania and delivered by HID Global, their local partner Soft net with booklet manufacture by DLRS Security Concepts (now Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts) and design by Absolute Graphics.
The award was presented to Tanzania’s Commissioner of Immigration for Passports and Citizenship Gerald Kihinga and Henry Mkuzi of HID Global.