THE computer and record-keeping system which will have to generate and keep track of the millions of personal details for the SAR passport will have to cope with processing, printing and issuing to the highest level of security.
For foreign governments to recognise the passport, security provisions have to be tighter than any other document issued in the territory.
The computer system will have to cope with printing Chinese characters, digitising the photograph of the holder and printing the photograph security code on the data page.
The system proposed by the Immigration Department will have to deal with a daily output of up to 4,500 travel documents, 4,000 passports and other documents.
About 2,000 will be issued each day for the first six-month period. It would then take exactly four years to produce all 5.5 million passports required, if the system worked 365 days a year.