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UK Service Deploys PKI

The UK Identity and Passport Service has deployed Cryptomathic's PKI solution in its recently launched national e-passport scheme

CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- The UK Identity and Passport Service has deployed Cryptomathic’s PKI solution in its recently launched national e-passport scheme.

Cryptomathic’s module is responsible for generating all cryptographic data, encrypting the data files for each UK passport holder - within the secure confines of a tamper resistant Hardware Security Module (HSM) provided by nCipher - and forwarding them to a production site where the data is loaded onto the passport chip in a secure manner.

The data will then be used to verify the validity of passports, or individuals travelling on them, thanks to a dynamic dialogue which takes place between the chip in the passport and the local passport authority upon the passport holder’s arrival into a country.

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