NEW ISO/IEC 18745-1:2014 toughens tests for machine readable passports

Stolen passports or forged travel documents…this is a critical issue for airports at the moment; after two men travelling on stolen passports, were able to travel on board the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane.

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Machine readable travel documents are used to decrease the instances of passport forgery, reduce errors and enable a faster processing time. The problem appears to be that the durability of these documents is unknown. After continual bending of documents, being hammered with border-crossing stamps, changes in light and temperature, it is apparent that the chip can shut down.

The new standard will carry out physical tests methods on the identity documents , and mean that there won’t be any chance of the chip shutting down.

Hartmut Hemme, the ISO expert involved with ISO/IEC 18745-1 development, explains, “The new standard enables a means of ranking and comparing the main factors affecting the service life of travel documents. This has become especially important since the introduction of contactless chips (integrated circuits) that have a life cycle of up to 10 years.”

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