Electronic passport

Solutions for Electronic Passport

With more than 100 countries issuing electronic passports by end 2012, smart card technology has proven to be the appropriate technology to protect citizens from identity theft and reduce fraud.

Key features and benefits

  • Trusted partner of 86 out of 102 governments deploying electronic passports
  • ePassport reference technology provider with leading edge performance and security
  • Understanding of privacy concerns, project complexity and drive for standardization
  • Multi source production facilities for high volume deployment
  • Knowledge and experience of successful electronic passport ID implementations
  • Strong trusted partner network
  • Product training & support


In 2002 the US government forced countries participating in US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to issue Machine Readable Passports by October 26th, 2004, in order to strengthen international border security and to prevent illegal immigration and trans-border crime.

The migration to ICAO compliant ePassports started in 2004 with the deployment of the Belgium ePP powered by NXP’s SmartMX technology. Initially based on Basic Access Control (BAC) technology, the ePassport solutions moved to the Extended Access Control (EAC) in order to protect the additional biometrics stored in the chip (fingerprint or iris) as mandated in 2009 by the EU. SAC ePP (Supplemental Access Control electronic Passport) is under definition and will be deployed in the EU countries by the 31st Dec 2014.

ePassports increase the security for people and organizations everywhere. Furthermore they help to reduce the administrative cost and bring convenience to travelers by accelerating border control verification and even enabling automatic control.

For these types of documents, controlling access to sensitive personal information is a fundamental requirement. Our secure smart card IC product families feature highly advanced counter-measures against attacks as well as hardware firewalls, ensuring personal data stays safe and secure on the chip. As a result, 74 Common Criteria EAL 5+ security certificates have been awarded to our SmartMX family and a Common Criteria EAL 6+ security certificate to our newest SmartMX2 family.

With SmartMX – the world’s first contactless ICs to meet ICAO requirements for ePassports – NXP delivers increased safety and convenience for people traveling across international borders. More than 100 countries issue electronic passports, and almost 85 percent of them trust NXP’s SmartMX technology to authenticate the identities of travelers. NXP provides complete solutions including passport reader ICs, travelers can rely upon the proven interoperability of NXP solutions ensuring ePassports are seamlessly read when presented at the border control.

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