Biometrics, Digital Passports and e-Gates

Digital Passports

Digital passports use face recognition technology to authenticate individuals, e-passport holders can use the electronic gates at airports to go through customs control. There is a global set of rules for all countries, standardised by the ICAO, that ensures consistancy for passports.

Biometric passport Photos

New Zeland, USA and UK are amongst the countries that use digital passports and Digital Visas. Online applications for these passports usually involve uploading a photograph that fits the requirements for the country, and filling in a form online. Not just any photo can be uploaded, as the image must fit the file size and dimensions dictated by the country involved. In countries like NZ, as many as 50% of passport applications are digital. To get the photos correct you can use a dedicated professional Biometric passport software like ID Passport Express.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
             
What is a Biometric Passport photo?
What is an E-Passport?
Why Biometric Passports?
ICAO Compliance Certificate
             
Biometric passport photos are suitable for use in Electronic passports, commonly used at E-Gates at Airports. The standards for these Passports are set by the ICAO, and Photographs submitted for e-passports need to fit the ICAO criteria. ID Passport Express6 is built using these standards and tests each photograph against them so you can feel confident that your passport photograph will be accepted.   An e-Passport contains an electronic chip. The chip holds the same information that is printed on the passport's data page: the holder's name, date of birth, and other biographic information. An e-Passport also contains a biometric identifier. New Zeland and Australia requires that the chip contain a digital photograph of the holder. Biometric of face recognition technology has recently become important in the professional traveller identification community. The United Nations has a specialized agency "The International Civil Aviation Organization" or ICAO. They have set a dealine of 24 November 2015 for countries to have "Machine Readable" Passports for border controls and inspection formalities. (see the Chicago convention)   The standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to be included in machine-readable travel documents such as passports. These standards are loaded into the ID Passport Express 6 and each photo is checked against them.ID Passport Express 6 enables you to produce a Compliance Certificate which signifies that your ID Photo meets the strict ICAO benchmarks.
             
What is Real Me?
Who are the DIA?
Who are DFAT?
Who are the ICAO?
RealMe® is a New Zealand Goverment initiative which lets you easily and securely prove your identity online, and access numerous government online services with a single username and password. RealMe® requires submission of a biometric passport that meets the DIA requirements.   The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (Te Tari Taiwhenua), is the goverment department responsible fo compliance and issuing of NZ Passports. Online passport renewals can be submitted electronically directly via the pasports.govt.nz website. Passport photos can be tested with the DIA online Passport checker.   The Australian Governmen's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (also called DFAT) manages the government’s foreign relations, trade policies, and the authorisation of Australian Passport applications.   The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, created in 1944 upon the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It develops policies and Standards, undertakes compliance audits and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. The standards set by them for electronic passports are used globally, and are codified into IDPhotos Pro6