Entrust Underscores Growing Demand for Mobile and Cloud-Based Credentials at International Civil Aviation Organization Symposium
Many countries seeking easier, faster, and more economic methods of securing credentials
DALLAS, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing online identities and information, provided an update on the evolution of its ePassport technology and growing international interest in Cloud for PKI services and mobile-based border security solutions to the attendees and participants of the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) Seventh Symposium in Montreal this week.
In his presentation, “Trends in ePassport Trust,” Entrust product marketing manager David Mahdi noted that while ePassport technology has been adopted by several nations around the world, many that have executed on ePassport programs still only rely on paper- based security features due to a lack of resources. “Without appropriately implemented interoperable PKI-based trust infrastructure and ICAO-compliant document verification, the investment in an ePassport solution is for naught,” he said. A potential solution, Mahdi said, may come from cloud-based trusted PKI solutions that enable countries to better manage costs and system, while still providing the confidence in the country’s ability to meet global border security standards.
Craig Delmage, Entrust Director, Government Affairs, also highlighted the trend toward mobile devices when he delivered his presentation entitled, “Global Travel Identity PKI: 2011 Update.” Delmage highlighted that in 2012 we will continue to see rapidly increasing deployment of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets integrated with PKI. “The tremendous explosion of commercial off the shelf mobile devices moving into the border security arena will ultimately result in better security, speedier border control services, and improved economies of scale,” he said.
Entrust provides a hosted, PKI-based inspection service that can be seamlessly integrated with the ICAO PKD and domestic do-not-fly lists, and is compliant with ICAO and EU standards. The company is an industry leader in the issuance of ePassports and border security technology including advanced electronic machine-readable travel documents (eMRTD). Entrust technology is currently in use in a number of countries issuing a high volume of ePassports, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore, Ireland, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, New Zealand, Canada and Finland.
The ICAO Symposium, Sept. 12- 15 at the organization’s headquarters in Montreal, focused on a broad range of products and services related to MRTDs, biometric identification, travel document security applications and border inspection systems. Each year, the event attracts hundreds of participants from states, international organizations, security vendors and interested institutions.
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