Information message of the Press-Service of Goznak18.05.2016
Raul Hadzhimba, President of the Republic of Abkhazia, Artur Mikvabia, Prime-Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia, Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, representatives of ministries and state agencies of the Republic of Abkhazia as well as the Abkhazian and Russian mass media took part in the ceremonial event.
As a system integrator, Goznak is executing an important task of construction of the electronic system of issuing and accounting of passports of the Republic of Abkhazia and residence permit of the Republic of Abkhazia. It is an important project incorporating both hardware and software solutions developed in the Russian Federation.
Moreover, the fingerprinting mechanism has been implemented in the identification document issuing – according to the legislation of the Republic of Abkhazia, the applicant is obliged to fingerprint when he applies for a passport with the following biometric verification when the document is ready.
The first stage of the international project includes commissioning of a modern data processing center as well as a unitary document personalization center at the Administration of the Passport and Visa Service in the city of Sukhumi of the Republic of Abkhazia. The applicant’s personal data will be put into the books of passports and residence permits here. At the same time, the passport offices of Sukhumi are starting to collect and process personal data of the applicants and give the finished documents to the citizens.
The system software includes the modern cryptographic equipment providing high level of protection against unauthorized access and data storage safety, also with the help of their backup. Every action of the employees of the Passport and Visa Service Administration and passport offices is recorded with the employee’s electronic signature.
The work upon the project has been carried out since 2014. The Abkhazian artists developed design sketches of the passport of the new model, and the modern set of security features offered by Goznak was implemented into it later on. Since 2015 the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia has prepared the infrastructure for the electronic passport system functioning. Goznak supplied 250 thousand passport books of the new model and 50 thousand forms of residence permits produced at the company to the Republic of Abkhazia at the end of 2015.
The passport book is the key product within the framework of the presented system. The specialists of Goznak applied the image of the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Abkhazia in the design and security of the new passport book. Images of ancient Abkhazian ornaments with colour-shifting security elements were used in the watermark and the design elements of the passport pages. The Abkhazian party took the design and the security features of the travel passport of the citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia previously produced at Goznak as a model for designing the residence permit book.
The specialists of Goznak created a reliable set of security features including the company’s proprietary developments to protect the form against counterfeiting and increase the integrity of the records made in it.
The passport book cover is made of wear-resistant binding material. The images of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Abkhazia are stamped with foil on the passport cover. The pages of the passport book are produced of specially formed paper protected against counterfeiting with a local multi-toned watermark and two kinds of security fibers. Microtexts, intaglio, guilloche patterns, colour-shifting elements and other methods of anti-counterfeiting security were applied in the passport book printing. The holder’s personal data are protected with a coating with a holographic image.
All that helps to provide the service life of the passport book of up to 10 years.
The following stage of the program of launching the system of issuing and circulation of identification documents of the citizens of Abkhazia implies its introduction at the regional infrastructure facilities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia.