New Warrant cards for Hong Kong

by Jeremy Plimmer

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Hong Kong Immigration officers will use new smart warrant cards from August 24th 2010. The card will enable staff members to gain access to the controlled floors of the Immigration Headquarters.

The card is a multi-functional smart card embedded with a chip module with contact and contactless interface, which provides room for extending its functions beyond being a proof of identity. It will act as an access control card and enable hands free entry (which can be restricted to unauthorised personnel) to buildings such as immigration halls and secure areas.

The new warrant card is highly secure and is made of polycarbonate with the crest of the Immigration Department printed on the top left-hand corner.

It contains forgery-resistant security features, including optically variable ink, guilloche design, rainbow printing and replay of the Immigration Crest under ultraviolet light. The holder's personal information is securely encrypted in the chip embedded within the card.

About Jeremy Plimmer

Jeremy Plimmer has 35 years of experience in the security related print and packaging industry working originally as sales development director for manufacturers of passports, high security print and labels and more recently as a consultant. He is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, chairman of the West Midlands Packaging Society as well as vice chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society.

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