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German Company to chip US passports

EFY News Network | August 22 2006

Infineon Technologies, a Germany based company will be providing the electronic RFID chips that will be used in the new U.S. passports. The RFID chips digitally store each passport holder's basic information, such as the individual's name, date of birth and photograph.

Financial terms and the size of the contract were not disclosed by the company sources but the government expects to begin distribution of the first RFID-enabled passports later in this year.About 15 million passports will be distributed in the first year alone as per the government plans.
Infineon also supplies electronic passport chips for Hong Kong, Norway and Germany which features 50 different security mechanisms, including encryption.

Infineon is not the government's sole supplier of the chips Gemalto, a Netherlands based company won the contract to supply the chips for the passport to the US government earlier this month.

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