The second award went to Lithuania’s Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance for the new Lithuanian ePassport.
Launched in May 2019 the upgraded ePassport incorporates a suite of modern security features some of which have been introduced in the Lithuanian passport for the first time.
The new ePassport has been developed in close cooperation with the Identity Documents Personalisation Centre under the Ministry of the Interior, Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania, Migration Department and other institutions, as well as the producer of the new document UAB “Garsų Pasaulis” and the supplier of the polycarbonate data page Gemalto.
The passport datapage has been upgraded to contain several state-of-the-art security features including Gemalto True Vision feature showing high-resolution true-colour image of Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower under UV light. The feature is located on the reverse side of the data page protecting it against slicing and grinding attacks.
The datapage also contains a transparent window which is easy to verify and provides protection against counterfeiting. With secondary image, it seals the page structure, thus making it extremely difficult to counterfeit or alter data.
The portrait is protected by overlapping DOVID made with OVD Kinegram’s ZERO.ZERO technology.
Thanks to well-balanced elegant design with combination of new and familiar elements from previous versions, the passport is still easy to verify while being extremely difficult to forge and counterfeit.
Since regaining its independence in 1990 Lithuania has introduced four generations of passports, two of which were ePassports. The document has become one of the most frequently forged state documents, prompting the government to upgrade it seven times over the course of 19 years.
The award was presented to Service of Technological Security of State Document’s Director Klemensas Rimselis and Deputy Director Leonas Stankevicius.