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Egypt starts roll-out of new passports

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Unterhaching, Germany – March 26th, 2008 The Egyptian government has started the official roll-out of its new national passport document together with SAFE ID Solutions, a leading provider of high secure ID solutions. Egypt citizens are now able to apply for an updated machine readable travel document that fulfills the highest requirements in security and quality. The new solution is based on SAFE ID’s automated personalization system, the AS 1000. Due to the expertise and support of SAFE ID Solutions, the realization of this ambitious project could be realized within a very short timeframe. The project underlines once again Egypt’s regional role as leading country for technological innovations and high secure identification infrastructures.

On January, 24th, during an official inauguration event, the Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak received his first exemplar of the new national passport document. From this date on, citizens are provided with the newly designed ID document that combines photo like quality with a wide range of security features incorporated to the different elements of the passport. “It is always an indescribable moment to see a project coming live after months of preparation and integration. The large scale, multi-site Egyptian passport project is one of the biggest success stories in SAFE ID’s history so far”, says Karsten Neugebauer, CEO and founder of SAFE ID Solutions.

SAFE ID was involved in the integration of the passport infrastructure by contributing the concentrated know-how and experience of its technical team and project management experts. With a pilot installation in 2007 the company was able to convince the Egyptian authorities of the superior quality, security and efficiency of its personalization solutions portfolio combining hardware and software elements in secure processes.

The inauguration event received amazing coverage in the Egyptian press with President Mubarak inaugurating the festivities around the new automatic passport project and General Abdel Hadi Ahmed Badr, director of the organization of passport and immigration explaining the different stages of the execution of the project.

About SAFE ID Solutions AG

SAFE ID Solutions AG offers integrated security solutions to the global ID market for increased security and convenience in the issuance and personalization process. The company provides secure end to end document issuance solutions from biometric enrolment over personalization management software to the optical and electronic personalization of new generation ID documents – such as ePassports. Document verification and border control solutions round up the company’s core portfolio that addresses the entire document life cycle. Currently SAFE ID has more than 25 reference projects in over 20 countries. For more information, please visit SAFE ID’s website at

Katja Sommerfeld; SAFE ID Solutions AG; Tel: +49 89 / 45 21 26 715;
Fax: +49 89 / 45 21 26 126; Email:

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