Electronic Passports

Designing secure and functional passports

Most governments now issue electronic passports (aka ‘biometric passports’ if they store fingerprints), which are valuable objects with a level of technical complexity of which few are aware. Issuing authorities need passport booklets that are easy to check automatically and that are fully secured against attempted fraud, in keeping with ICAO recommendations.

Governments also seek robust but open (non-proprietary) technological options, guaranteeing them full independence and enabling them to limit indirect costs. Lastly, passports must be attractively designed, created to facilitate checks and to highlight the country, its culture and its symbols.

Our e-passport solution meets the expectations of the issuing authorities. From document fraud analysis to support during the launch phase, IN Groupe offers certified components and project support services to design secure, functional and attractive travel documents, within the imposed deadlines and budgets. Our goal: to help you successfully modernise your sovereign documents.

From printing to booklet personalisation, the major stages of passport production are carried out by IN Groupe and our prominent subsidiaries (SPS, SURYS), in a highly secure environment. IN Groupe holds the ISO 14298 certification (“Management of security printing processes”), obtained from Intergraf with the “Central Bank” level (the highest). IN Groupe is also ISO 27001 certified ("Information Security Management").”

Walter Groppi

International Sales Director

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Secure your travel documents

We work in collaboration with the best national and international experts (border patrol, Interpol, IATA, ICAO, etc.). Together, we define the combat strategies adapted to evolving types of document and identity fraud. Our objective: to select and combine visual and electronic security to effectively protect your citizens' data.

We propose different solutions and several levels of offers, ranging from minimal compliance (ICAO basic recommendations) to the most advanced functionalities. Our polycarbonate data page has a flexible and secure hinge (Customised Hinge Image), a metallic watermark (Customised Antenna Image) or even an asymmetrical transparent window.

Chips used in passports are selected as the result of continuous monitoring of major suppliers in the industry. IN Groupe is able to support our customers in their approach to service continuity by offering products developed on chips from several foundries (dual-source), a true guarantee of independence. The French government uses this service, which enables IN Groupe to deliver biometric passports that comply with visa waiver programmes (notably in the European Union and the United States).

Ensure the integrity and confidentiality of your citizens' data

Because listening to your needs is a top priority, we offer you two security option packs that comply with international standards.

Our Essential pack meets the recommendations issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for travel documents. Our Advanced pack complements this pack of components offering optimal security for the price.

Among other things, various cryptographic mechanisms (BAC, SAC, EAC, PA) protect the data contained in the chip against various attempts at electronic fraud: unauthorised access to content (reading the holder's private data without his/her consent), duplication, falsification (modification of the content) or eavesdropping (the data cannot be intercepted in plain text when checked with a reader).

For maximum confidentiality, we can integrate ‘anti-skimming’ technology (S-Lock®), which makes it possible to block any reading attempts when the passport is closed. This innovative feature responds to the desire of some citizens to protect their data against unauthorised contactless reading.

Make automatically passing through border controls easier

Chip use, coupled with an automatic border control system, reduces errors and increases the speed of passage. At IN Groupe, we enable our customers to benefit from our in-house radio frequency and facial and fingerprint biometrics expertise; we integrate high-performance electronic components so that your citizens' passports can be checked swiftly.

Promote new unique travel documents

Your travel documents help to convey your values and national identity, so they should be unique and a point of pride. Our creative teams adjust the secure design to suit your needs. Our integrated production line allows us to prototype new passports and then produce samples, along with essential communication tools (brochures and videos presenting the main security features, in particular).

High-volume production in a highly secure environment

Thanks to our top-tier industrial facilities (one of the world's leading manufacturing sites), IN Groupe has long demonstrated our ability to deliver millions of passports every year (8 million booklets manufactured in 2019). IN Groupe's references for passport booklets include: France, Uruguay, Peru, Gabon, Palestine, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Djibouti, Bolivia and Senegal.

With biometric access control (security clearance), in-house security teams and a direct line to the police, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year: access to our production and personalisation sites is highly secure. This requirement is certified by the ISO 14298 standard.

With ISO 27001 certification, IN Groupe offers a very high level of data protection, enabling us, in compliance with the CNIL*, to personalise documents by encrypting citizens' biographical and biometric data.

*Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL - France’s National Commission on Informatics and Liberties)



  • 1 Security

    We integrate the best security technologies and production takes place in an environment that has been dual-certified by Intergraf.

  • 2 Functionality

    Our documents ensure fast, automated border control for your citizens.

  • 3 Independence

    Our solution is open and based on non-restrictive components.

  • 4 Aesthetics

    Our graphic studio produces modern creations, in your image.

Some key features of a modern electronic passport

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Head Office - Paris

IN Groupe

104 avenue du Président Kennedy

75016 Paris

Phone: +33 (0)1  40 58 30 00

Fax: +33 (0)1 40 58 30 85

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