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Photo-Me rolls out encrypted photo ID technology across Ireland



Photo-Me is today launching a rollout of the Company’s encrypted photo ID technology across Ireland in partnership with the Irish Government. The launch will see Photo-Me’s secure digital upload system rolled out to 150 photobooths, growing to 300 throughout Ireland by the end of 2017.

Through this system, Photo-Me is able to provide its customers with a convenient, easy to use and cost effective system for the digital transfer of ID photos as part of the online passport application. In addition to the four printed ID photos that customers usually receive at its photobooths, customers using the online service will receives a unique passport photo code and instructions on how to complete the online passport application. This unique code allows the applicant to access their ID photo on the Irish passport application website www. DFA.IE/passportonline, and then attach it the online passport application.

The launch will see Photo-Me’s 100% secure digital upload system rolled out to 150 photobooths, growing to 300 throughout the Republic of Ireland by the end of 2017.

The photobooths are being rolled out with Photo-Me premier partners: Topaz, SuperValu, Tesco and An Post, as well as a number of shopping centres nationwide. Upon completion of the rollout, which is expected by the end of 2017, 98% of the population of the Republic of Ireland will live within 5km of a Photo-Me secure upload ID photobooth.

Serge Crasnianski, Chief Executive of Photo-Me, said:

“Photo-Me is focused on delivering increasingly secure and convenient passport photo solutions to its customers, whilst remaining highly competitive on quality and price. We have developed this secure digital service to respond to increasingly sophisticated photo identification requirements across our markets, both in Ireland and internationally, where security is a growing area of focus.

By rolling out our digital photo capture and transfer service through our growing photobooth network in Ireland we can ensure that we are bringing Irish customers the most convenient and efficient photo-solution in the market.”

Speaking at today’s launch of the new Online Passport Application Service, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD said:

“Today’s announcement represents a very significant innovation in customer service, improving the delivery of passports to Irish citizens using cutting edge technology and software. The new online service is fast, convenient and secure and constitutes a significant advance in terms of the service we offer to Irish citizens. I want to extend warm appreciation to our partners in Photo Me, who will ensure wide access by applicants to International Civil Aviation Organization-compliant digital photos.”

Hudson Sandler (Financial PR)
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About Photo-Me
Photo-Me operates a wide range of instant service equipment.

With 45,500 vending locations in 17 countries (primarily the UK, France and Japan), Photo-Me is the world’s leading operator of photobooths, with 27,600 sited. The Group operates a diverse range of vending equipment, including digital printing kiosks, laundry machines, children’s rides and amusement machines, in the most sought-after locations around the world.

Photo-Me sells a range of photo-processing equipment including photobook makers and digital printing kiosks.

The Company’s shares have been fully-listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1962.