Flora Telecom, a local IT firm, will be providing technical solutions to implement the electronic passport project with German firm Veridos GmbH. The government on last Wednesday awarded German firm Veridos GmbH for providing e-passports to Bangladesh for whom Flora will maintain the data centre, disaster recovery sites and regional passport offices utilising its own manpower. In addition, Flora will supply enterprise servers, storage as well as security solutions for the project implementation. Veridos won the project of providing Bangladesh with biometric e-passport for around Tk 33.4 billion. The German firm will provide passport booklets, 28 million machines to make e-passports, relevant accessories, software, and 10 years of maintenance services. Officials say the government felt the need for e-passports after noticing a trend of people having more than one copy of passport as there was no database of biometric information like fingerprints or iris images of the MRP holders. The officials said the biometric information of the citizens will be put in the e-passports using a chip to ensure that no one can hide identity. The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase cleared the proposal to buy the e-passports from Veridos at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council or ECNEC approved the project with total estimated cost of Tk 46.36 billion on June 21.