The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is rolling out a new system that will electronically process more secure emergency travel documents to UK citizens.
The system, called British Identity Document Generating Equipment (BRIDGE) programme, is expected to be issued in July 2009. It will allow officials to issue the documents to travellers in distress within a matter of hours.
The government agency has selected Logica to support its emergency travel document (ETD) system. Logica will introduce a workflow system - based on PassportReach from consular software supplier WorldReach - to manage and simplify the issuing process, ensuring the ETDs will be secure and in accordance with FCO policy and procedure.
Along with WorldReach, Logica has partnered with security printer De La Rue to implement the project. De La Rue will design and print the new ETDs in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
Julian Braithwaite, director of consular services at the FCO, 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.”
The systems are also likely to be used to issue full validity passports in the future.