BioLink Fingerprint Biometrics in Maldivian Passports

Released on: September 11, 2007, 8:51 am

Press Release Author: Voronina Natalia

Industry: Government

Press Release Summary: BioLink announces integration of its innovative fingerprint
biometrics in the key travel document of the Republic of the Maldives - the
passport. The immigration department of the country has preferred the BioLink
solution to enhance the citizens' security following the globally accepted
standards, in particular, the standard for machine-readable travel documents
introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Press Release Body: The new passport introduced in Male on July 26, Maldives\'
Independence Day, implements fingerprint and face image templates digitized and
embedded into the microchip contained in its back cover and provides for quick and
fool-proof identification of the citizens.

In cooperation with IRIS Corporation Berhad, our key strategic partner for civil
identification projects, BioLink supplied its advanced development toolkit (BSDK)
being the core of the identification component of the passport creation and issuance
system. BioLink SDK, which is a smart way of building state-of-the-art security
subsystems, is mostly advantageous for its compliance with major international and
industry standards, namely, ISO/IEC 19794-4 Finger Image Data, ISO/IEC 19794-2
Finger Minutiae Data, WSQ, ANSI/NIST-ITL-1-2000 and ANSI INCITS 378-2004. It
supports a wide range of programming languages and fingerprint scanning devices
produced by various global manufacturers, thus providing flexibility and
adaptability of systems based on BSDK.

Piotr Pertsov, Director of Business Development in BioLink, says: "Our accumulated
experience and expertise in similar nationwide identification projects allowing
building collaboration with government customers in the most convenient and smooth
way. We are grateful to IRIS supplying inlays for the microchips contained in the
new Maldivian passport for introducing our biometrics to another nation striving to
follow the most innovative identification trends worldwide".

About BioLink

BioLink, a leading provider of biometric identification solutions, develops,
manufactures, and markets advanced fingerprint biometric products. The Company's
products and services form the core of biometric identification and authentication
solutions for all scale civil identification, access control and information
security applications. BioLink's solutions provide the optimal total cost of
ownership in the industry and are being implemented by corporate and government
entities worldwide. For additional information, please visit BioLink's web site at

About IRIS

IRIS Corporation Berhad is a global security solution provider with core expertise
in the area of securing government security documents i.e. National ID and Passport.
IRIS pioneered the world's first electronic passport and national multi-application
smart card with the implementation of the Malaysian Electronic Passport in March
1998 and MyKAD - the Malaysian Government Multi Purpose Card in April 2001. These
technologies are deployed in many countries across the Asia, Middle East and Africa
regions. IRIS also provides a full range of smart cards readers, integrated
terminals, card personalization equipment and biometrics scanner to complement the
application of its smart card solutions. For additional information, go to

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