ePassports EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests
Prague, September 7th - 12th 2008

Integration and management of a National Personalization Center – a case study on e-passports from Slovakia

The presentation will describe from the systems integrator prospective the challenges, and critical success factors from the setup and operations of the National Personalization Center of the Slovak Republic with special attention to the implementation of the e-passport personalization functionality of the NPC. The National Personalization Center provides the service of centralized personalization of Slovak identity documents, including identity cards, drivers’ licenses and residents’ permits and lately also biometric passports. In accordance with the EU timelines the National Personalization Center will be extended to provide also the capability of personalizing electronic passports according to EU regulations and ICAO standards using the secondary biometrics and EAC.

A high level architecture and overview of the IT solution of the National Personalization Center will be presented along with the main business processes supported by the solution. We will also share the learnings, do's and don'ts of such a complex integration of a highly secure system.

The presentation will also focus on the key architectural aspects of the e-passport Personalization system, the secure personalization processes of the National Personalization Center and the specific processes and tools used for planning, management, production, administration and reporting of the Personalization system environment. As part of the delivery of the solution, a configurable Personalization Management System (PMS) was designed and implemented that can fit the specific processing needs of Personalization Centers for any Personal Document, be it national ID card, drivers license, e-health card, residence permit or biometric passport. This system will be also addressed in the presentation.

Based on the first 8 months of the Slovak e-passport production the presentation will also describe the experience from the interoperability testing, go-to-life and practical experience from the first months of operations of the biometric passport personalization system as well as the experience with the handshake between the biometric data capturing system, the passport and the personalization system.

The architectural and process aspects of the introduction of secondary biometrics and EAC into the Slovak e-passport NPC will be discussed to the extent allowed by the current progress of the project and the NPC.

As planned the presentation will be complementary to the interoperability testing of the upgraded passport prototype in the e-Passports EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests.