FCO awards Logica emergency passport contract

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has selected Logica to support its Emergency Travel Document system.

IT services firm Logica, along with partners...

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has selected Logica to support its Emergency Travel Document system.

IT services firm Logica, along with partners De La Rue and WorldReach Software, will deliver the BRIDGE (British Identity Document Generating Equipment) programme.

It will ensure Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) can quickly be issued, allowing secure and more efficient cross-border travel for UK citizens in distress.

Logica will introduce a workflow system to manage and simplify the issuing process, ensuring the ETDs will be secure and in accordance with FCO policy and procedure.

The system, based on PassportReach from WorldReach Software, is designed for unique consular environments, supporting all phases of issuing secure documents abroad. This will replace the current manual issuing process.

Logica's other partner De La Rue will design and print the new secure emergency travel document. The new ETD will comply with the latest International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, which will ensure it is globally accepted as a travel document.

The initial implementation of BRIDGE will begin in July 2009.

Julian Braithwaite, the director of consular services at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said, "This new system will modernise the British government's international passport operation, providing both a more robust, efficient and secure issuing process and a better service to British nationals overseas."

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