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Singapore biometric passport personalized on Muehlbauer equipment - public introduction already started


Roding, October 17, 2006 - The Muehlbauer technology group, quoted on the Prime Standard and worldwide active and independent advisor and manufacturer of innovative security solutions for the TECURITY market is part of the successful public introduction of the Singapore Biometric Passport (BioPass). The passports are personalized in high volumes on Muehlbauer equipment. As strategic partner of the consortium leader NEC Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Muehlbauer delivered systems of the successful IDENTIFIER line.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has launched the Singapore Biometric Passport (BioPass) on 15 August 2006. With the implementation of BioPass, Singapore has met the US requirement for countries under the Visa Waiver Program to issue biometric passports before 26 October 2006. The project was awarded to a consortium led by NEC Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd on 21 March 2005.

Within a highly demanding Factory Acceptance Test, the Muehlbauer solutions were accepted in June 2005 directly at the Muehlbauer premises by representatives of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. The Factory Acceptance Test had met the customer’s specifications in the test scenarios. With the public introduction of the Singapore Biometric Passport, the Muehlbauer IDENTIFIER 5400 machines procured for the project are expected to personalize about 250,000 of those new biometric laser engraved travel documents every year.

“NEC Solutions is very glad to work with Muehlbauer in this project. Their resillient technology and great commitment for the job was an important cornerstone for the smooth introduction of the new Singapore biometric passport“, says Mr. Tan Boon Chin, Senior Vice President of NEC Solutions Asia Pacific.

Muehlbauer has many years of experience in technologically innovative security solutions and benefits from the experience of more than 40 ID projects in the past. The company is partner of many authorities and governments realizing the elecronic passport projects and meets highest authority standards.

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Muehlbauer is a global and independent consultant and manufacturer of technologically innovative security solutions in a market segment the company refers to as the TECURITY® market. With more than 1,600 employees at 26 locations on five continents, Muehlbauer is the leading provider of production systems for the Smart Card industry.
Muehlbauer system solutions are suitable for the manufacture of any card type. They are used in the production of ID cards, ePassports, eVisa, contact and contactless cards, dual interface cards and multimedia cards. The products are, above that, suitable for the manufacture of Smart Labels for the security, supply chain, textile and retail industries.

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