Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan launches Irish Passport Card for use in 30 European Countries.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan launches Irish Passport Card for use in 30 European Countries.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan launches Irish Passport Card for use in 30 European Countries

MONTREAL – October 14 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, and 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, 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 on 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 dBond technology, supplied by HID in Galway.

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 Multitech 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, use, and management 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. Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit Stay Connected with HID Global,visit our Media Center, read our Industry Blog, subscribe to our RSS Feed and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod
Absolute Graphics is an internationally recognised design company specialising 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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