In an effort to help pass House Bill No. 175, which would add features such as
biometrics and smart card technology to drivers’ licenses, Senior Business
Development Manager Frank Barbalace and Jim Curran, President of CIS, Inc.
testify on behalf of ORGA Card Systems in front the General Assembly of
The Public Hearing on Identity Theft will begin on Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
ORGA Card Systems is currently one of the world’s leaders and specialists in
microprocessor-based Smart Card solutions and systems. ORGA has pioneered in
the area of Smart Card Technology and has played a major role in defining the
Smart Card environment in Europe since 1985.
Frank Barbalace and Jim Curran will demonstrate the effectiveness of smart
cards for identification purposes, using the smart card and biometrics-based
Indian State of Gujarat as a reference.
“It’s not a question of if we will have a smart card driver’s license in the
United States,” stated Frank Barbalace, “but rather when will we have one.”
House Bill 175 would require the use of smart card technology and biometric
imaging on all Pennsylvania commercial and noncommercial driver’s licenses and
state identification cards. Smart Cards, which contain an embedded chip, and
the use of biometrics could decrease identity theft.
Stored information on the chipcard will include the following license number,
the driver’s name, date of birth, address, physical description, digital
signature, fingerprint image, license expiration date, class of vehicle the
driver is authorized to drive, and any restrictions or endorsements. The
of the license would remain the same, except for the addition of the chip.
The driver’s license issuance project in the Indian State of Gujarat
demonstrates the use of cutting edge biometrics and chip cards. The smart card
license stores the cardholder’s fingerprint and digital signature, as well as
personal information. Gujarat is the first authority in the world to introduce
a smart card driver’s license project that uses fingerprint biometrics.
ORGA Smart Card Issuance stations provide a one-stop location that allows for
the entire process to be completed in one trip. The issuance stations consist
of smart card personalization equipment, which consists of a PC, smart card
printer, video camera, fingerprint capture device, and a signature tablet, as
well as customized software.
At the project’s completion, approximately 10 million smart card licenses will
ORGA USA is the North American subsidiary of ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH
pioneer and global leader in smart card technology since 1985. Application
areas include telecommunications, health care, retail/loyalty, banking,
personal ID, and other emerging markets.
ORGA has established subsidiaries, branch offices, and joint ventures in
Brazil, China, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, South
Africa, and the United States. Visit our Web Site at
Curran Information Systems, Inc. provides marketing and information and
database management for the insurance and financial service industry. As part
of CFG, Inc., the company has provided consulting and management services to
providers of insurance and benefits for individuals and companies.