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Passports

A passport or any other travel document authorising its holder to cross state borders is one of the key documents required during international trips.  PWPW offers state-of-the-art and tested solutions enabling verification and identification of identity of persons at any place designed for this purpose.  E-passports produced at PWPW are equipped with microchips where the key biometric data of the holder is saved, stored and protected, i.e., his/her digital photograph and fingerprints.

Basic information
Product description
Use and recommendations

  • PWPW is known for its multiyear experience and competencies in the area of:

    • production of security paper;
    • designing of security prints;
    • selection of anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery security systems;
    • specialised printing techniques; and
    • production of documents.

Modernity

  • In addition to ordinary passports, from 2006, PWPW has been producing electronic passports also known as biometric or e-Passports.  These documents are ready for electronic saving, storing and reading of the first and second biometric feature, i.e., a photograph and fingerprints of the holder.  The introduction of biometric data saving is aimed at guaranteeing an unambiguous linkage between the holder and the document used.

Compliance with international regulations

  • Passport forms produced at PWPW are fully compliant with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation for machine readable travel documents as well as the requirements of the European Union set forth in Council Regulation (EC) No. 2252/2004.

Security

  • Our passports and travel documents meet the highest standards of security thanks to the controlled production and distribution processes and the introduced anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery security measures.    

     

    In order to meet these expectations we use various printing techniques, including the ones that have been reserved for the producers of banknotes and security prints:  

    • steel engraving;
    • letterpress;
    • offset printing; and
    • screen printing.

    Such approach enables us to apply the most effective anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery systems tailored to document functions, types of potential threats and methods of document authenticity verification.   

     

    We offer complex and multi-level protection of travel documents which we produce, beginning from own production of security paper, through polygraph security features in graphic design, up to security features applied during the personalisation stage.

Tailored solutions

  • The key element of a passport is the page with personal data of document holder.  This page is the most frequent target for counterfeiters and forgers and, therefore, it should be the best secured page of the booklet.    

     

    PWPW offers three different technologies of production of the data page.  It may be made from:

    • security paper;
    • laminated security paper and polycarbonate foil; or
    • 100% polycarbonate.

    Depending on client preferences, solutions offered by PWPW enable personalisation with
    ink-jet printing technique or laser engraving method.  Ink-jet printing of data is possible in the case of passports with a paper data page.  Laser engraving is used for laminate or polycarbonate pages.    

     

    Technologies applied by PWPW allow meeting the recommendations of ICAO related to the placing of a microchip together with the antenna (RFID) in the passport booklet.  Most often it is the front or back cover or the personal data page provided that it has been made from polycarbonate foil.  PWPW holds all admissible technologies for RFID integration in the passport booklet.

PWPW e-Datapage

  • Our own unique solution known as PWPW e-Datapage allows for linking the personal data printed in the page with personal data saved in the microchip placed inside the polycarbonate page.   

     

    We use the multi-layer structure of personal data page with one interior layer extending beyond other layers to form a stretchable polyester hinge which can integrate a stiff page with the paper part of the booklet.  A secure seam binds the hinge layer with the RFID insert, containing a contactless microchip with antenna, and the remaining layers of polycarbonate. The stitching is made with UV activated bookbinding thread.  The stitching becomes irreversibly combined with polycarbonate during production making it impossible to separate the hinge from the data page without damaging its internal structure.

     

    A passport with polycarbonate e-Datapage is secured with various techniques, including:

    • watermark;
    • security thread,
    • security fibres;
    • chemical security features;
    • latent image effect in steel engraving;
    • iris; or
    • OVI®.

    The structure of the polycarbonate page makes it possible to use security features characteristic of card documents:

    • CLI/MLI;
    • TLE;
    • raised markings on the surface;
    • palpable laser engraving.

  • POLAND:

    • passport, diplomatic passport, business passport, temporary passport
    • Polish travel documents for foreigners

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA:

    • passport

    REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA:

    • passport

    PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH:

    • passport

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PWPW (Polish Security Printing Works)

1 Sanguszki Street
00-222 Warsaw, Poland
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tel. (+48) 22 235 20 00
fax (+48) 22 235 24 50
pwpw@pwpw.pl