HeiTech Padu completes Sri Lanka passport project

  • Business
  • Tuesday, 05 Aug 2003

Heitech Padu Bhd, the leading home-grown comprehensive information and communications technology solutions provider, has completed and delivered Sri Lanka's new passport project. 

The new passport, called “N Series”, was launched on Sunday in Colombo and was effective from yesterday, said HeiTech in a statement. 

A consortium of five companies from four countries undertook the development of the new passport, it said. 

HeiTech led the consortium involved in developing the passport printing system and supplying the two million travel documents or passports. 

The other companies are CD Holdings (Malaysia); Epic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a Sri Lanka partner providing secure e-services solutions; Perum Peruri (Indonesia), an established manufacturer and printer of banknotes and security papers; and JURA JSP GmbH (Austria), a leading company in security software development. 

The “N Series” passports featured cutting edge technology with digital and personalised security features, HeiTech said. 

These features, among other things, were superior security system embedded onto the passports, which prevented image or text substitution and alteration, it added. 

In addition, the project would enable Sri Lanka's Department of Immigration and Emigration to produce up to 2,000 passports per day. 

It will also assist the department in regulating, managing and controlling the entry and exit of its citizens and non-citizens. 

The project, valued at about RM17mil, includes a five-year maintenance contract which started in March and completed five months ahead of the time given. – Bernama  

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