Ireland Rolls Out New, State-of-the-Art Passport Card

Irish Government Deploys Secure, ICAO-Compliant Identity Solution from DLRS, HID Global Ireland Teoranta, Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod to Address Increased Travel Demands of Citizens

MONTREAL, October 12, 2015  – International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Eleventh Symposium and Exhibition DLRS Limited, the leading security printing company in Ireland, today announced the successful roll-out of the Irish Passport Card.

DLRS Limited joined forces with HID Global® Ireland Teoranta, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, together with Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod, to implement the Irish Passport Card project. Working together, the companies are providing an end-to-end solution including enrolment via mobile App, highly secure ICAO-compliant smart cards, card personalization and production management.

"The introduction of the passport card is a significant innovation that will enhance the travel experience for Irish people as they go on holidays or business trips to 30 countries throughout Europe,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, speaking at the card’s launch in Dublin on Monday 5/10/15.”

DLRS, a leader in security printing, is the prime contractor for the project. Additionally, DLRS provided the security design, App development and security numbering alongside its partners HID Global, Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod.

“We have delivered a state-of the-art Passport Card solution, which leads the way in secure MRTD deployment and further demonstrates that Ireland is at the cutting edge of innovation in the technological arena,” said David O’Connor, Sales Director, DLRS.

The Passport Card enrolment process relies on cutting-edge technology that adheres to the highest levels of security. This process allows users to submit a passport-compliant photo taken on mobile phones or upload a suitable photo to the website, where advanced biometric algorithms test each one to ensure ICAO standards are reached. Once all verification checks have been achieved, the user can pay their fees through the secure Elavon payment gateway (powered by Realex Payments).

The new Irish Passport Card is a highly sophisticated secure polycarbonate card with embedded hologram, crack prevention and DBondTM technology, supplied by HID Global in Galway, Ireland.

“We are proud to extend our partnership with DLRS to deliver this ground-breaking solution to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the citizens of Ireland.” said Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions for HID Global. “The Irish Passport Card heralds a new standard in security and durability for smart cards. This bespoke implementation of our OSM multi-tech technology, combined with the unique design and mobile applications, make this a truly exceptional credential program.”

About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, Quantum Secure, and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
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About Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod

Absolute Graphics is an internationally recognised design company specializing in the Passport and secure documents sector. Having won Regional ID Document of the Year at the High Security Printing Conference 2014 in Milan for the Irish Passport production, Absolute Graphics is a well-established player in the secure document design arena.

Purple Pod is an Irish technology company with considerable experience in the development of highly secure mobile applications. They also specialise in standards based and bespoke biometric facial recognition enrolment solutions and have expertise in every facet of development technologies from low level firmware coding to bespoke mobile app development. 

These two companies joined forces to provide the design and front-end solutions for the Irish Passport Card project.

About DLRS Group

DLRS Group Security Concepts is Ireland’s largest security printer. Established since 1976, the company has a production facility in the Republic of Ireland servicing the needs of major financial and government bodies. DLRS Group Security Concepts is the market leader in security printed products, with over 25 years’ experience in passport manufacture and design. The company’s reputation for quality and service is matched only by its reputation for unrivalled integrity, developed through working closely with governments for over 30 years. DLRS Group Security Concepts is accredited to ISO9001:2008 the quality standard, ISO14001:2004: environmental management and ISO27001:2013: the IS security standard and CWA 14641:2009 the Intergraf Security Printing Standard.

DLRS Group is a member of the Smurfit Kappa Group, world-leader in paper based packaging. Operating in 22 countries in Europe, Smurfit Kappa Group is the European leader in containerboard, solid board, corrugated and solid board packaging and has a key position in several other paper packaging market segments. The Group also operates in 9 countries in Latin America where it is the only pan-European operator. More information can be found at:;

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DLRS Group

Caoimhe O’Donoghue

Customer Service & Compliance Manager

DLRS Limited

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Co. Wicklow

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HID Global

Anthony Petrucci
Director, Global Public Relations
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Rory Noone 
Director of Operations
HID Global Ireland Teoranta
Páirc Tionscail na Tullaigh
Baile na hAbhann, Co Galway, Ireland
+353 91 506 900
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