Business Units » ID Systems » Technology » Radio frequency (RF)

RF technology (sometimes referred to as RFID) is wireless data transfer via radio waves. In the identification market, it typically involves a microchip/smart card that contains and transmits data to a compatible reader that reads the information from the microchip. Proven reliable in many markets such as transit payment, physical access and retail, RF technology augments passports and other identification documents in two ways, enhancing security and facilitating the verification/authentication process. As a major milestone for RF technology deployment, ICAO has recommended that the technology be integrated in ePassports, combined with biometrics and smart card technology, towards the objective of global interoperability.

As specified in the latest additions to ICAO document 9303 standards, a passport includes an ISO 14443 type A or B microchip embedded securely into the document. The new document relies on RF technology for secure contactless communication with authorized systems. Protected against skimming by a variety of security measures, ePassport bearers can be identified at suitably equipped inspection points.

Security and Facilitation
CBN's leading-edge RF technology solutions allow document issuance and control authorities to rapidly and securely identify travelers and secure those identities. In combination with biometrics it allows for the highest level of security, multiple-factor authentication, ensuring a one-to-one link from the cardholder to the document. Most importantly, these solutions help ensure simple, rapid, and safe passenger travel. These advances are a key element of many CBN solutions, including ePassport issuance and quality assurance, border control, and automated border kiosks.