E-passports Coming Soon!
E-passportsimage source:Dreamstime.comPassports are the gateways for entrance into a country. It is considered as the basic element to be owned by a traveler to travel abroad. However, there are several revolutions made in the field of issuing and maintaining passports. Several countries have adopted new technologies in the field of issuing passports. And India is no less. Unlike in the past, the online passport application has become quite simple and reliable. This makes the issue of passport easy and quick. In recent days your passport may be processed and issued in just a week. This is indeed a noteworthy development. The next step in this revolution is the issue of E-Passport. yes, you read it right, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is taking efforts to issue E-passports which will be soon reaching the Indian citizens.
What is an E-passport?E-passport or the biometric passport is in the recent trend. The salient feature of this passport is that it contains a microchip that can store information on the travel. This also has another important feature which is the storage of biometrics of the passport holder. This means that only the owner of the passport can travel using it, thereby reducing the crime of forgery rates.The minister of External Affairs, in his recent meeting with the press on the Passport Seva Diwas, mentioned regarding this new plan. The E-passport is coming soon with salient features. The microchip would contain the information of the passport holder and would be sealed within the front or back cover of the passport. In case the cover or the chip has tampered, the passport becomes invalid. This is designed to give additional security to the passport holders.
Changes to be expectedWith e-passport in the pipeline, a few newer changes could be expected. For instance, due to the chip, the front and back cover may be additionally thickened to avoid any tamper to the microchip. Because of the presence of the chip, it becomes difficult to produce counterfeit passports, thereby protecting the passport holder. The biometric chip will contain the basic information of the passport holder. In addition to this, it can also store information on the travel that the individual has made. This is possible with 64 kilobytes of data that is present on the chip. The information up to 30 visits could be stored with ease in the cup itself. This again makes it easy to travel. Like the normal passports that take an extended time to scan or read and process, E-passports will reduce the waiting time of passengers and quicken the queue. This isnt just planned in India. Over 120 countries around the globe are planning to take up E-passports for their citizens. The chip would be less than the size of a postage stamp containing all the necessary information.
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