Introduced back in 2006 in the UK, biometric passports are a big leap forward from traditional paper passports, allowing faster entry at border control, and entrance to the United States.
Essentially, biometric passports make identification easier and quicker and allow for greater levels of security at border control. Produced by Semlex, a Belgian company specialising in biometric identification, here is a little bit more about biometric passports, why you might need one, and the company producing them.
What is a Biometric Passport?
Biometric passports and e-passports were first issued in the UK in 2006, and offer far greater levels of security features, including a chip with the passport holder’s facial biometric data, with further personal details on the back of the passport.
They are essentially a more up-to-date form of passport, with a chip and antennae embedded in them. The biometric data stored there allows for quicker and easier identification.
They are now used in over forty countries worldwide and have since proven a far more effective solution when it comes to identifying and tracking people’s movements.
They have a range of benefits for travellers, including a faster entry at border control, as well as entry to the United States. As a UK citizen, without a biometric passport, you are not allowed into the US.
Where You Can Get One and Cost
In the UK, you can get a biometric passport through the standard system of applying and sending off for a new passport. This can be done via paper forms, picked up from the local Post Office, or through the GOV.uk website. In terms of cost, both first and renewal of child passports cost £46 and adult passports cost £72.50.
Who Are Semlex?
Semlex is a Belgian company founded by Albert Karaziwan. It’s one of the world-leaders in providing biometric identity documents to an array of states all over the globe. Founded over twenty years ago, in 1992, Semlex has a lot of experience in the development, integration, operational management and delivery of identification systems, which are vital for modernising governments and security.
With major projects completed all over the globe, Albert Karaziwan and his company Semlexhas led developments like the delivery of a complete passport and identity system in Mozambique, allowing the government to hugely modernise the way they manage the populace, and allowing them to control the immigration problem plaguing parts of Africa. These kinds of developments are essential when it comes to the effective modernisation and governance of some of the more rural areas of the world.
Semlex can produce identity papers, passports, driver’s licenses, residence permits, official cards, military maps and police cards, all to specific designs and styles dictated by the state for which they’re manufactured. Utilising high tech combinations of graphic design and security features, Semlex’s identification papers are an effective solution to a big problem.