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Johannesburg, Guateng, South Africa, 2008/11/17 - Brand New Technologies - in October 08 Trüb won the tender for the high security polycarbonate datapage for the new South African passport, to be launched in 2009. With Trüb’s product the Republic of SA is setting a milestone on the African continent.
Currently South Africa issues traditional passports to its citizens. In wake of the incidents on September 11th 2001, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) decided to reinforce the international cooperation to protect the security and integrity of passports. A decision was taken by all the Member States that issuance of machine-readable passports must become mandatory by 2010.
To meet this requirement, the SA Government Printing Works issued a tender for new passports. The new passports shall be machine-readable and unable to be copied and counterfeited. Trüb, working with local agent BRAND NEW Technologies, won the tender after a stringent pre-qualification phase. A key feature that led to Trüb securing this tender is the fact that the datapage is 100% polycarbonate and can be personalized via laser engraving. With this South Africans’ are receiving a state-of-the-art high quality solution guaranteed for the lifecycle of the passport. The value of the first order is in the multi-million Swiss francs range.
The introduction of the new passport is scheduled for spring 2009.
About Trueb AG Switzerland
Trueb AG Switzerland is a national and international leader in the production and personalization of national identity documents such as ID cards, driving licenses, passports and data pages, as well as bank, customer loyalty and access cards. The company was founded in 1859. In recent years Trueb has developed into a world¬wide leader in the quality identity card market. Switzerland, UK, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Estonia and Hong Kong are among the company’s loyal clientele which extends to more than 20 countries on four continents. The Trueb Group includes a number of companies both inside and outside Europe. It employs around 500 people of which 300 are in Switzerland and recorded sales of 120 M Swiss Franks in 2007.
About Brand New Technologies
Brand New Technologies (brandnew.za.com) is a Technology Company in South Africa with core competencies in the fields of biometrics, smartcards and various ID/ Payment related technologies. BRAND NEW works with Best of Breed Partners to provide technology solutions that add value to their clients business. Security is at the core of everything they do. Whether it is a secure document, secure ticket, secure electronic payment or secure identification, they ensure that the solutions they provide their clients can be validated and authenticated. The company has a Level 4 SMME (Small Medium and Micro Enterprise) and BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) rating.