Motorola to Supply Norway’s Biometric Enrolment Kiosks
Motorola Bio-Enrol Kiosks to help Norway meet its commitment to the Schengen agreement
Oslo, Norway – 22 September 2008 – Motorola is supplying the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) and the National Police Computing and Material Service (PDMT) with biometric enrolment kiosks and divided models.
The Motorola Bio-Enrol Stations will enable Norway’s multiple public agencies to digitally capture and store biometric data for passports, visas and other official identity documents. Around 500,000 applications for Norwegian passports are made every year, and over 150,000 visas applications.
The implementation of the Motorola Bio-Enrol Stations began in September 2008 and be completed in June 2009. The kiosks will help Norway meet the requirements of the Schengen agreement and the European Union Visa Information System (VIS), and are capable of capturing fingerprints, facial images and signatures. All captured biometric data is ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) compliant.
“Motorola delivered a biometric enrolment solution that brings the customer all the functionality and benefits they wanted,” said Manuel Torres, vice president, Motorola Government & Public Safety, EMEA. “Besides the accuracy and reliability of the technology itself, the most important aspect in the success of the system is ease of use. By working closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) and the National Police Computing and Material Service (PDMT) we have developed flash-based pictograms to guide applicants through the enrolment process. A user interface that relies solely on pictograms negates language and literacy issues. We look forward to distributing the enrolment system across Norway and in consular posts around the world.”
The Motorola Bio-Enrol Kiosks and software interface with Norway’s current visa and passport systems to seamlessly integrate biometric travel documents with existing processes and infrastructure. Norway is one of the first countries in Europe to validate travel documentation, plus an individual’s identity, using biometric data, via integrated national systems.
The contract follows a successful pilot scheme involving 21 Motorola Bio-Enrol Kiosks; 11 were used in Norway with a further 10 kiosks spread across five embassies in Cairo, Kiev, London, Nairobi, and Stockholm.
The use of biometrics helps ensure the validity of passports and visas, and the identity of those who carry them. It also makes it more difficult to use a lost or stolen passport or visa. Improved authenticity of travel documents helps to streamline the cost of processing passport and visa applications by reducing fraudulent applications.
“We are delivering a vital part of Norway’s biometrics-based border control,” said Hkon Heier, newly appointed country manager in Norway for Motorola. “And Motorola is already a key supplier of TETRA infrastructure and terminals for Norway’s nationwide emergency services network, Ndnett. It is the world’s first deployment of a high speed TETRA network, which puts Norway’s emergency services at the forefront of secure voice and data communications.”
“Combined with our rugged enterprise mobility solutions, our biometrics work with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) and the National Police Computing and Material Service (PDMT) really underlines Motorola’s commitment in Norway,” added Heier.