Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has won a design award for Europe’s fist passport card. Designed and developed by DLRS Group and consortium partners HID Global, Absolute Graphics and Purple Pod, the
card can be used by Irish passport holders instead of a traditional passport when travelling in Europe. In use since October 2015, the credit cardsized card incorporates state-of-the-art security technologies including both optical security media and an ICAO-compliant chip. Citizens can apply for a card online or through a smartphone app. Reconnaissance International awarded it the Regional Best ID Document of the Year Award 2016 at this year’s High Security Printing Conference in Bucharest, Romania.