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With the growing concern about international travel security, many countries are adopting the electronic passport as a way to validate the identity of travelers. 

When the traveler passes through the border control of the country visited, their electronic passport is scanned and all the biometric data stored are verified with the government database to guarantee its accuracy, providing security for both the country and the passenger.

But do you know what the passport identity validation process is and what its benefits are?

Read on to find out!

What is identity validation?

Identity validation is a method used to verify the information provided by the user, in order to analyze whether the person is, in fact, the one who is presenting themselves at the time of registration. 

When an identity validation strategy is implemented correctly and with the best platforms available on the market, processes in which malicious people, with third-party data in hand, carry out fraud can be avoided.

What is an epassport?

The electronic passport is a paper identity document that incorporates an electronic chip that uses biometrics to authenticate travelers' citizenship. 

The passport holder's personal information is stored on a tiny chip, information such as the data and photos contained in the document's main identity and the digital prints collected at the time it was requested by the issuing agency in order to avoid fraud or falsification, thus making the misuse of the document by third parties practically impossible.

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Identity validation: what is it

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How does identity validation work with the electronic passport

Upon arriving in a foreign country, travelers are often asked to present their passport to confirm their identity and allow them to enter the country. With the electronic passport, this identity validation is done faster and more securely. 

The electronic passport chip stores the holder's personal information and, when passing the passport through an electronic reader, the information is quickly verified, bringing greater agility and security to everyone.

Benefits of identity validation with an e-passport

Identity validation with an e-passport offers several benefits, including:

  • Greater security: with the chip integrated in the electronic passport, the holder's personal information is stored more securely and cannot be easily falsified or tampered with. 
  • Greater efficiency: electronic checking of passport information is faster than manual checking, allowing travelers to go through border control processes faster and more efficiently. 
  • Ease of use: e-passport readers are becoming increasingly common at airports and border checkpoints, making it easier for travelers to familiarize themselves with the identity validation process with the e-passport.

Important considerations about identity validation with an e-passport

Despite the benefits, it's important to be aware of some important considerations about identity validation with an e-passport, including:

  • Need to protect the passport: since the holder's personal information is stored on the e-passport chip, it is important to protect it against theft or loss to prevent unauthorized access to the holder's personal information.

How can NAAT.TECH help with identity validation?

NAAT.TECH, the world's leading multibiometric technology company, presented its new FAD® Match on ePassport solution to the market, a product developed to validate a person's identity from any smartphone, with the help of information stored on the electronic passport chip, without the need to expose the stored biographical and biometric data.

The solution consists of the comparison of the biometric and biographical information that is inside the electronic passport chip and the comparison of the facial biometrics provided by the individual when carrying out the identity validation process. To do this, the company that wishes to validate the citizen's identity only needs to download the app (FAD® Match on ePassport) via smartphone.