Cameroon streamlines passport issuance with biometric identity enrolment

2 days

Citizens receive a passport within two days

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Biometric Registration Kits (BRKs) supplied to passport enrolment centres

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BRKs deployed to Cameroon’s diplomatic missions around the world

The General Delegation for National Security (DGNS) of Cameroon signed a 10-year deal in late 2020 with German company Augentic and Portuguese company Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (INCM) to produce top-quality biometric passports.

The project goal was to significantly reduce the time it took to issue passports from months to just 48 hours. To meet this ambitious target, Laxton was brought on board to provide the necessary equipment and technology.

This was made possible by the company’s ability to make alternative plans and tap into its global logistics network to ensure the equipment arrived at its destination on time.

Project

Solution
Passport Issuance

Country
Cameroon

Year
2021

“Despite the challenges posed by tight deadlines and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Laxton was able to successfully deliver the first batch of Biometric Registration Kits (BRKs) to Cameroon in mid-December 2020”

Irina Stocia
VP of Sales in Europe at Laxton

Laxton’s customisable BRKs transform any location into an Identity Enrolment and Verification office. The devices delivered to DGNS passport application centres were customised to integrate with their existing assets.

A 4-4-2 live-scan fingerprint scanner captures all fingerprints for precise verification and fraud prevention
A camera assembly with an auto-focus camera to take high-res ID photos
A signature pad with a backlight and stylus
A contact card reader to instantly verify any ID document
A high-speed fixed-focus document scanner captures and authenticates documents
A barcode scanner for secure identity authentication
Laxton Battery Management System to provide off-grid operation
Photo backdrops used for applicant photos

The mobile BRKs supplied for the diplomatic missions contained all the components needed to complete the passport application process in a compact configuration. Each Kit came in a protective IP67 hard case to transform any location into an Identity Enrolment and Verification office.

In preparation for the delivery of the Kits, Laxton provided hands-on training to INCM technicians in Portugal. The practical training covered the set-up, operation, and maintenance of the Kits. 

“Providing training is a crucial Laxton service, as it ensures our clients understand how to operate their Kits to their fullest potential. Our technical team is available for ongoing support even after the completion of a project,” Stoica explains.

As part of the project, a National Centre for Passport Production was built in the capital city, Yaounde. DGNS application centres around the country were upgraded to facilitate a more efficient process.

Cameroon was able to launch its biometric passport application system on the 1st of July 2021. Citizens could now apply for and receive their passports within two days. The efficient, high-tech Identity Management System positions Cameroon as a leader in passport security in Africa.

Laxton continues to provide support throughout the ten-year agreement, which includes supplying BRKs and spare components.

Cameroon streamlines passport issuance with biometric identity enrolment

Citizens receive a
passport within
two days

Biometric Registration
Kits (BRKs) supplied to
passport enrolment
centres 

BRKs deployed to
Cameroon’s diplomatic
missions around the world

The General Delegation for National Security (DGNS) of Cameroon signed a 10-year deal in late 2020 with German company Augentic and Portuguese company Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (INCM) to produce top-quality biometric passports.

The project goal was to significantly reduce the time it took to issue passports from months to just 48 hours. To meet this ambitious target, Laxton was brought on board to provide the necessary equipment and technology.

This was made possible by the company’s ability to make alternative plans and tap into its global logistics network to ensure the equipment arrived at its destination on time.

Project

Solution
Passport Issuance

Country
Cameroon

Year
2021

“Despite the challenges posed by tight deadlines and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Laxton was able to successfully deliver the first batch of Biometric Registration Kits (BRKs) to Cameroon in mid-December 2020”


Irina Stocia
VP of Sales in Europe at Laxton

Laxton’s customisable BRKs transform any location into an Identity Enrolment and Verification office. The devices delivered to DGNS passport application centres were customised to integrate with their existing assets.

A 4-4-2 live-scan fingerprint scanner captures all fingerprints for precise verification and fraud prevention
A camera assembly with an auto-focus camera to take high-res ID photos
A signature pad with a backlight and stylus
A contact card reader to instantly verify any ID document
A high-speed fixed-focus document scanner captures and authenticates documents
A barcode scanner for secure identity authentication
Laxton Battery Management System to provide off-grid operation
Photo backdrops used for applicant photos

The mobile BRKs supplied for the diplomatic missions contained all the components needed to complete the passport application process in a compact configuration. Each Kit came in a protective IP67 hard case to transform any location into an Identity Enrolment and Verification office.

In preparation for the delivery of the Kits, Laxton provided hands-on training to INCM technicians in Portugal. The practical training covered the set-up, operation, and maintenance of the Kits. 

“Providing training is a crucial Laxton service, as it ensures our clients understand how to operate their Kits to their fullest potential. Our technical team is available for ongoing support even after the completion of a project,” Stoica explains.

As part of the project, a National Centre for Passport Production was built in the capital city, Yaounde. DGNS application centres around the country were upgraded to facilitate a more efficient process.

Cameroon was able to launch its biometric passport application system on the 1st of July 2021. Citizens could now apply for and receive their passports within two days. The efficient, high-tech Identity Management System positions Cameroon as a leader in passport security in Africa.

Laxton continues to provide support throughout the ten-year agreement, which includes supplying BRKs and spare components.