What Are E-Passports? How they meet the security needs of quantum computing and How To Apply, All you need to know
E-Passport: Ausaf Saeed, the Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (Consular, Visa, Passport, and Overseas Indian Affairs) declared in a press conference that the end of 2022 or the beginning of the following year may witness the arrival of e-passports. This, however, does not mean that the existing booklet-type passports would be of no use. The man stated that the new e-passport will be similar to the booklet-type passport, but with an added chip embedded.
T Armstrong Changsan, the Chief Passport Officer explained that the e-passport chip will contain all the data of the passport holder that is printed on the passport. This includes the passport holder’s name, address, birth details, and more.
The back cover of the passport would embed a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip and antenna, which would aid officials to check and verify the traveler’s information with ease and speed.
The purpose of the launch of an e-passport is to reduce the chances of forged passports, while also making them tamper-proof. This would thereby enhance security.
It is not mandatory to switch over to an e-passport as of now, however, switching to an e-passport would add to the ease.
Advantages Of The E-Passport
The benefits of the Indian E-Passport are:
- There would be no need for passengers having an e-passport to stand in long queues for hours. Due to the e-passport, the details will be scanned in just a matter of seconds.
- The e-passport will reduce fraudulent cases as it contains biometric records of the passengers.
- No one would be able to wipe the information from the passport.
How To Apply For The E-Passport?
The steps are pretty straightforward.
- Visit the Passport Seva website. Hit on the “Register Now” button or simply log in with your existing id.
- Click on the “Apply for Fresh Passport” or “Re-issue of Passport” button.
- Provide the necessary details. Click on the “Submit” button.
- Click on “Pay and Schedule Appointment” to make the payment.
Finally, print the receipt or shop the acknowledgment SMS at POPSK/PSK/PO.
The Updated Security for E-Passports
Now e-passports that meet the security needs of quantum computing have been launched as the prototype which uses a quantum computer-resistant version of EAC protocol has been developed.
It secures the passport holder’s biometric information during authentication.
- According to the recent update this security controller is made by Infineon Technologies and it can protect biometric and demographic data carried by e-passports from conventional and quantum computers.
- This is the first technology ever that ensures electronic passports that meet the security needs of the quantum computing era.
How does the Prototype work?
- This prototype makes in use a quantum computer-resistant version of the Extended Access Control (EAC) protocol and secures the passport holder’s biometric information during authentication through it.
- This method allows the data to transfer between the e-passport and checkpoint terminals in a contactless fashion.
- The e-passports in which the updated methods are being used are also compatible with current established structures.
- The methods of cryptographic ,Dilithium and Kyber are used by this technology which were hand picked by the U.S. National Standardisation Institute (NSIT) in 2022 .
- This technology was developed with Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) and Bundesdruckerei (German Federal Printing Office) and is currently being displayed at Trustech.