India Will Launch Chip-Enabled E-Passports With Multi-Layered Security This Year

India Will Launch Chip-Enabled E-Passports With Multi-Layered Security This Year

After smart cards, smart e-Passports will also take the stage in India. Foreign Ministry Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharyya said on Twitter that smart electronic passports with secure biometric data will soon be launched in India. The presentation of this chip-protected passport took place at India Security Press in Nashik. Around 150 countries around the world, including Germany, the UK and Bangladesh, issue biometric e-passports. India will be the new addition to the list.

How will e-Passports work in India?

The electronic passport launched in India will meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The new passports will use radio frequency identification (RFID) and biometrics to make getting through immigration checks easier, faster and hassle-free. The passport jacket will have an electronic chip. The encryption of vital security-related data will be performed on the chip. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar previously said the ministry was in talks with India Security Press on the e-passport project.

Airports will have machines to scan the electronic chip

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made an announcement on e-passports to facilitate the immigration process. Currently, Indian passports come in the form of printed brochures. Once e-Passports are launched, airports will also have machines to scan electronic chips. Therefore, citizens should not have to wait hours in long lines to complete the immigration process. By scanning the chip, security will be able to receive all important details in seconds. Also, with this process, fake passports can be easily detected.

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