Cybertrust Chosen By The Population Register Centre of Finland For Launch of Biometric ePassport Certificate Solution
UniCERT Provides Comprehensive, Scalable and Flexible PKI Solution for Finnish Government
LONDON - October 02, 2006 - Cybertrust®, the global information security specialist, today announced that its UniCERT® public key infrastructure (PKI) solution has been selected by The Population Register Centre of Finland as part of the country’s transition to an advanced biometric ePassport solution. The Population Register Centre operates under the Ministry of the Interior, which has the responsibility for local and regional administration, regional development and internal security in Finland. Biometric ePassport has been available in Finland since 21 st August 2006.
Cybertrust UniCERT certification technology provides the foundation for verifying and authenticating the validity of the biometric data on each passport.
The Population Register Centre’s biometric certification system is supplied and maintained by Fujitsu Services Oy in Finland. Fujitsu provides also the continued management, monitoring and application specialist services on the system.
“We decided to partner up with Cybertrust, because we consider its products best meet the high requirements of this solution ”, says department manager Björn-Eric Svensson of Fujitsu.
“The nature of the ePassport project required a partner with international reach that could offer a scalable and flexible solution,” said Tapio Aaltonen, the Director of The Population Register Centre. “Cybertrust was selected for its ability to leverage its global development capabilities and deliver a software solution that provides a trust authority for the passport issuers that is compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as proven in passed ICAO compatibility tests, held in Berlin in early June 2006. Cybertrust UniCERT PKI solution is both geographically scalable and offers a modular infrastructure that will adapt as our ePassport system is deployed.”
According to John Holland, Cybertrust senior vice president and general manager, EMEA, “The global move to biometric passports has largely been driven by the United States, who made it compulsory for all travellers from countries that are part of the U.S. visa waiver program to have biometric identifiers in their passports. With clients such as the Australian government taking the lead with ePassport programs we anticipate to be at the heart of the ePassport initiative with our proven UniCERT certification technology.”
For additional information about Cybertrust UniCERT, please visit www.cybertrust.com/solutions/identity_management/digital_certificates/.
Cybertrust is the global information security specialist, delivering services that secure critical data, protect identities and help customers demonstrate ongoing compliance. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, USA with more than 30 offices around the globe, Cybertrust is one of the world’s largest providers of information security and is recognized as the global market leader in managed security services. For more information, visit www.cybertrust.com.
About VRK – The Population Register Centre
The Population Register Centre was founded in 1969 and operates under the Ministry of Interior. It produces personal and building data services, as well as identification solutions for electronic services to cater for the different needs of society. The Population Register Centre develops and maintains the Population Information System, certificate services, the guardianship register and the Public Sector Directory Service, and provides assistance for organising elections. For more information, please visit: www.vrk.fi
Fujitsu Services Oy is one of the most prominent ICT service providers in Finland. Fujitsu’s expertise in IT outsourcing, mobile services, information security and SAP solutions is of acknowledged top-notch quality. Fujitsu in Finland is part of the global Fujitsu Group. Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Fujitsu Services Oy’s annual net sales is 311 million euros. The company employs 2,300 people in Finland and on a global scale 150,000 people in 70 countries. For more information, please visit: www.fujitsu.com
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