Jan. 25, Printed Electronics Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V. identifies three distinct trends in electronic passports (ePassports or biometric passports): increasing functionality, stronger security and the emergence of “virtual mobile identity.”

Out of 900 million passports issued, 730 are ePassports, which now represent the majority of passports in circulation. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 120 states claim that they are currently issuing ePassports.

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