A week after it unveiled a partnership with GET Group, Dallas-based Entrust Inc. has announced a partnership with 3M to provide secure passports.

The companies will jointly offer ePassport technology so users can implement Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control
(EAC). 3M, of St. Paul, Minn., will provide radiofrequency identification (RFID) readers while Entrust provides the Authority Security Manager system to issue and manage digital certificates.

Authority Security Manager is used in Entrust’s Authority public key infrastructure (PKI).

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is aiming to adopt Phase 1 of ePassports by 2015.

The second generation of ePassports requires biometric identification and encryption of the chip contents.

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