Topaz in €1m deal to snap up photo market
Forecourt operator Topaz is investing €1m in the rollout of 50 new photo booths across its nationwide network in a venture to make online passport renewal applications easier.
Ireland's largest fuel retailer has partnered with Photo-Me in a five-year deal to roll out ID-compliant photo booths that will enable applicants to capture and transfer their photo-ID directly to the Irish passport office to accompany their online passport renewal application.
Installation has already been completed in 15 service stations, with plans to increase this to 50 by the end of the year.
Photo-Me Ireland has invested more than €6m in technology and equipment to become the first firm licensed by the Department of Foreign Affairs to capture and hand over digital photos for online passport applications.
"Once photos are captured at Topaz photo booths, the image is transferred to the passport office and applicants will receive a printout with four images they can use for future ID requirements," said Patrick Brennan, managing director of Photo-Me. "Users will also receive a unique code which will allow them attach their photo to their online passport renewal application.
"The Topaz network throughout Ireland will ensure we have a photo booth within 5km of 95pc of the population at convenient and easy-to-access locations," said Brennan.
Topaz operates 430 stations across the island of Ireland, including the Esso station network.
It was recently revealed that a settlement has been reached between Topaz and rivals Applegreen and Tedcastles Oil Products in a legal row over the award of a State concession to manage three motorway service stations.
The agreement means construction at two sites on the M9 and M6 can begin, and fit-out work can finish at a third site on the M11.
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