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Handheld passport terminal launched by Malaysian IT firm

AvantiKumar | Sept. 6, 2011
MSC Malaysia status PRADOTEC launches Intel-powered portable terminal to verify e-passports.

PRADOTEC and Intel announce Handheld e-Passport Terminal

PHOTO - (From left) Datuk Badlisham Ghazali (CEO of MDeC), Prakash Mallya (country manager sales and marketing Intel Malaysia) and Peter Choong (group CEO PRADOTEC Corporation) at the launch of HPT600.


Malaysia-based MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) status security solutions firm PRADOTEC Corporation has launched a handheld terminal powered by Intel Atom processor technology to manage e-passports.

The e-passport terminal - HPT600 - has been designed and developed in Malaysia by PRADOTEC Corporation [PRADOTEC] to help meet the needs of governments around the world for fast and secure verification of travel and identification documents in a mobile context, said PRADOTEC Corporation group chief executive officer, Peter Choong.

Choong said more than 90 countries, including Malaysia, the United States, France, Australia and the United Kingdom are already issuing e-passports. "With ongoing challenges and increasing demand in border security, the ability to handle 'on-the-spot' e-passport and identity card reading has become critical."

"There is also a constant need for security control at border crossings, traffic controls and on international trans-border trains or ships," he said. "Built on Intel Atom processor technology, PRADOTEC's HPT600 handheld e-passport terminal is designed to transform the concept of security where unauthorised individuals can be detected in secured areas -- from major ports on land and sea, as well as at country borders and large high-security areas. This provides more effective and secure border controls management."

"The device can also be used at international conferences where identification via passport is required for security access management," said Choong, adding that the device was powered by the Intel Atom Z510 processor.

Malaysian government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief executive officer, Dato' Badlisham Ghazali, who officiated at the launch in late August, said: "The introduction of the HPT600 is a major breakthrough for PRADOTEC and such achievements underline the potential that local technopreneurs have to develop innovative world class products for the global market."


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"Innovation is the core of our business at PRADOTEC and we are focused on delivering solutions that serve a global market," said PRADOTEC's Choong. "Through our collaboration with Intel, we have achieved a significant milestone in developing a robust and powerful handheld e-passport terminal that meets today's stringent quality and security requirements."

He said the HPT600 was designed as a compact all-in-one device, with a built-in Machine Readable Zone scanner for Basic Access Control, ISO14443 contactless reader, as well as an optical biometric fingerprint scanner as an option. The device allows passport verification on the spot, and the multiple wireless communications including quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 802.11b/g wireless LAN (local area network) and Bluetooth enable data to be transferred back to the main server for verification.


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