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e-Passports are beneficial for IT firms

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Electronic passport is making people's life comfortable in Australia. Custom officers at airport check-posts can simply scan and return the e-passports to their possessors. Hence, quick processing can be done. India is also going for e-passports.
 
While the new passport looks the same as its predecessor, it has a microchip embedded in the centre page that contains her digitised facial image and personal details as they appear on the data page. The microchip is read electronically and there's little room for error. The Indian government, too, is soon expected to invite tenders to deploy e-passports. The multi-million dollar project will initially provide e-passports to diplomats and, if successful, will be rolled out for close to 40 million passport holders across the country. Around 10 to 12 million passports are issued every year by regional passport offices. The passport is an initiative by the the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). An e-passport is machine- readable, enabling quick processing at airports. The passport comes with an in-built security (biometric) features which comprise an IC (integrated circuit) chip embedded in the back cover that stores the data (including photo). These also make the passport tamper-proof. In ordinary passports, this data is typically displayed on the photo page.

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