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e-Passports in Botswana

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Addressing the issue of stolen passports and identity theft in the Botswana, the government is planning to introduce machine-readable passports shortly.

Government of Botswana announced last year that it was in the process of finalising the Information and Communication Technology Policy. It is already behind the schedule. To avoid manual procedures in immigration border gates of the country the policy has been introduced. It is not known yet which system Botswana will use for its passport, but elsewhere, 3D face recognition is becoming a popular option for the use of biometric identifiers. The smart passports are a result of heightened global security need that prompted the International Civil Aviation Organisation to put up a deadline of 2015 for passports to be equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. The plan has been adopted globally with 188 countries participating. There are some advantages of the advanced biometric 3D-IR security and identification solutions. It takes both 2D and 3D photos with more biometrically information. By adding an infrared photo, which is one of the patented part of the GCS technology makes it possible to have even more information about the person, e.g. illness, etc. Continuous monitoring and very high accuracy is ensured in this system.

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