International Biometric Group (IBG) Supports Passport, Border Control, and e-ID Strategy for Malta National Identity Management System

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IBG assisted the Maltese government in navigating functional, design, standards, and interoperability requirements in the deployment of e-Passport and e-ID programs.

IBG is pleased to support MITTS Ltd and the Maltese Government

Malta Information Technology and Training Services Ltd (MITTS), the official IT firm of the Maltese Government, has contracted International Biometric Group (IBG) to support in the development of a National Identity Management System (NIDMS) strategy for the Government of Malta.

IBG assisted the Government of Malta in navigating increasingly complex functional, design, standards, and interoperability requirements in the deployment of e-Passport and e-ID programs. IBG provided consultancy services to the Government during the procurement and evaluation of a national strategy that addresses Malta's identity management programs. IBG worked with the Maltese Government to conduct a feasibility study and write the functional requirements and specifications for their e-Passport, e-ID, and border control systems.

A significant finding was that due to the need to process both passport and Schengen visa applications at consulates and embassies, member states can streamline procedures by developing a single enrollment system using common biometric collection devices. This enrollment process, including both hardware and management software, can also be used for national identity cards, and can both reduce redundant development and ease systems support due to standardization.

"IBG's assistance in the development of Malta's national identity programs was invaluable, helping to ensure our e-Passport and border control systems proactively account for future technical and operational challenges and requirements, including SIS II and ICAO compliance" said Noel Borg, Head of the Government Services Unit at the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications. "Additionally, the Government of Malta's commitment to the protection of its citizens and critical infrastructure is evident by their investment in a project of this magnitude.

"IBG is pleased to support MITTS Ltd and the Maltese Government," commented Raj Nanavati, IBG Partner. "Our work in Malta will act as a forward-looking roadmap for other EU Member States looking to align their e-Passport, e-ID, and border control systems with EU technical requirements, specifications, and government policies.

About International Biometric Group (IBG)
International Biometric Group (IBG) is a leading research, consulting and systems integration firm addressing the identity management and security needs of both government and commercial clients. As a vendor-independent firm, IBG designs, engineers and supports solutions across multiple platforms in complex, mission-critical environments. IBG is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco; and London. Learn more at http://www.biometricgroup.com.

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