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Dr Uwe Seidel

Scientific Director, Head of Section KT 5 – IT Forensics, Documents, Bundeskriminalamt, Germany

 

 A new German electronic passport!

 

  • The current German EU passport is considered one of the most secure documents in the world, although its current concept dates back to 1988;
  • On March 1, 2017, Germany introduced a completely new design generation of EU passports;
  • The presentation will highlight the security features of the new passport and explain the security concept behind it.

The current German EU passport is considered one of the most secure travel documents in the world, although its technical concept – a laminated photographic paper data page – dates back to 1988 and was used for the ID card as well. In 1997, the original black and white photograph was replaced by a full colour portrait and, in 2001, the world’s first individualised hologram (called Identigram®) was added to the passport and the ID card as well. In 2005, Germany integrated the RFID chip into the passport, initially with only the facial image stored and, in 2007, updated it by additionally storing two fingerprints on the chip. Already leaving this technological concept, the new electronic ID card was issued over 45 million times since November 2010.

Now, the passport has to follow in order to complete the ‘family’ concept of German high-security documents. On March 1, 2017, Germany introduced a completely new design generation of EU passports, featuring a polycarbonate data page with the ID card proven full colour InnosecFUSION® inkjet personalisation technology, an updated Identigram®, and a complete design and material overhaul of the visa pages. For the first time in a major conference, this presentation will highlight the security features of the new passport and explain the security concept behind it.

 


Biography
Dr Uwe Seidel received his Ph.D. degree in experimental physics and optics from the University of Jena. After several years in industry, he joined the Forensic Science Institute of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) as an ID document expert in 2000, and now heads the BKA’s IT Forensics and Document section. This assignment also involves overseeing R&D projects for increasing the counterfeit resistance of German official documents.

Dr Seidel has been involved in various activities dealing with the introduction of biometric technology into German travel documents, the development of the electronic ID card and, recently, the new German EU passport. He is an active member of ICAO's New Technology Working Group and the ICAO Technical Advisory Group TAG/TRIP.
 


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