Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions announced the Colombian government is continuing to enhance and expand their passport program with its passport issuance system. In partnership with Identificación Plástica S. A. “an Enterprise Solutions Provider (ESP) for Datacard Group, the combined integrated solution for the Colombian government includes Datacard high throughput passport issuance systems; desktop systems for regional issuance, as well as in-country local services and support provided by Identificación Plástica S. A. The Datacard PB6500 passport issuance system is utilized for the central issuance of the Colombian citizens’ passports. It is an automated, inline high-volume passport production system offering a flexible, modular design.
Latvian Interior Ministry selected Oberthur Technologies to provide the electronic secure cards, pre-personalization and related software middleware, for both Latvian residence permits and citizen cards. The Interior Ministry of the Latvia Republic will launch their new electronic identity documents on 2nd of January 2012: the electronic EU residence permits for non-EU citizens residing in Latvia and the electronic ID cards for citizens. The cards supplied by Oberthur Technologies will be produced in polycarbonate raw material.
Oberthur Technologies smart card technologies has opened its 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility and service center in Cotia, Brazil. Currently fully operational, the new facility provides a single source vendor solution for design, manufacturing, personalization and fulfillment of mobile SIM cards, payment cards (including EMV) and identification credentials to customers in Brazil and throughout Latin America.
Existing manufacturing and personalization activities already based in Cotia have been regrouped into this new facility. With this, Oberthur can produce an additional 100 million cards annually.
Gemalto has renewed its multi-year contract to personalize and issue ePassports for Norwegian citizens. The company manages the entire delivery process from the production of the travel document through to personalization and operated issuance services, which are performed in Gemalto’s Oslo-based secure service center.
Gemalto has deployed ePassports to Norway since 2005, placing the country as a pioneer in nationwide deployments of biometric passports compliant with international standards. The new ePassports and issuance solution feature the EAC (Extended Access Control – an International Civil Aviation Organization standard for second-generation ePassports) for increased protection of biometric and privacy sensitive data, as well as innovative security features in the polycarbonate data page.
Secure ID card provider Datacard Group has announced the launch of the “Datacard SR200” and “SR300”
retransfer card printers designed for
full-color, over-the-edge printing in single- or dual-sided
applications that can be configured with an
optional laminator. The SR200 printer is ideal for single-sided applications. The SR300
printer offers dual-sided printing and also encodes smart card chips and
magnetic stripes. The optional laminator can apply DatacardÂ® topcoats or
DatacardÂ® DuraGardÂ® laminates to help extend card life and strengthen
card security. Both printers protect cards and ribbons with electronic
locks, and a security erase feature blocks out black text on used
ribbons to obscure cardholder data. Both printers process cards in landscape orientation to minimize
unwanted dye transfer. They also reproduce a wider color gamut than
competitive offerings, which improves image gradation, tonal
reproduction and image contrast.
Gemalto has been appointed by Gabon’s “Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie
et de Garantie Sociale (CNAMGS)” as prime contractor for its electronic
health card program. Gemalto is supplying a solution that includes
cards, its Allynis Issuance operated personalization services and an ID
verification system. This initiative demonstrates the will of Gabon’s
government to extend
health services to all citizens and conduct swift modernization of the
health insurance system. President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba launched
the program on December 19, 2008, officially handing over the first
health cards. These can be used in hospitals, pharmacies and health
centers, to check patient entitlement while ensuring confidentiality of
personal data. This health card, the size of a credit card, carries the
beneficiary’s identification number, civil status information,
photograph and fingerprints.Gemalto works in cooperation with Stimplus
and Zetes, who act as sub-contractors for the enrolment solution.
Stimplus is a French provider of IT equipment and services for
businesses. Zetes is a Belgian auto-ID solutions provider. A pilot
project aimed at the most disadvantaged citizens is currently running in
each of the
provinces’ administrative city, before being extended to the entire
population over 2009-2010.
Gemalto is delivering 900,000 of its “Sealys Laser-Secured e-ID” cards to the Ministry of Interior. The “Gemalto e-ID” card is made of polycarbonate. The national ID card is mandatory for all citizens above 16 and also serves as a travel document in all EU countries. The card features contactless technology for identity verification at border crossings, based on fingerprint check. It also embeds a contact microprocessor which contains a certificate for on-line identification and a qualified certificate for electronically signing official documents such as contracts and declarations. Gemalto’s references in national e-ID programs include notably Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and UAE. Taiwan has also recently deployed Gemalto’s digital security technology for its smart
card-based resident card.
KSW Microtec AG has introduced “Thinlam” contactless prelaminate for RFID card and government
applications. “Thinlam” has a thickness of 280ÃÂµm and enables manufacturers to produce HF and UHF RFID
cards with more layers, broadening the possibilities to integrate more
security and other high value features into cards. “Thinlam” is produced without chip modules ÃÂwhich
results in a thinner, smoother card surface and better printing outcome and maintains the highest durability thanks to its unique patented chip
connection technology. In addition, due to the consistently reproducible
antenna geometries, KSW Thinlam achieves tighter resonance frequency
tolerances. Thinlam can be manufactured on PVC, Polycarbonate, PET or
Teslin and can also be used for transparent RFID cards.
Smart card provider ID Data Group’s ID Data Limited, has filed
at the High Court of Justice in London notification of its intention to
appoint an administrator to
protect ID Data Limited from creditor actions. ID Data has previously
announced that, in order to meet its short term
working capital and debt funding requirements, it has been seeking funds
from investors and, in parallel, pursuing the possible sale of its
operating businesses. In the light of current stock market conditions
and following weeks of economic turmoil, the Company has decided to
focus on the sale of its main operating subsidiary, ID Data Limited and
has received expressions of interest in this as well as other parts of
the Group. ID Data is a fully accredited Visa and MasterCard card
producer and card
processor with its high security bank card capabilities.
CA-based Idcentrix secure ID cards has inked a preferred partnership with Advantics to jointly accept bids on projects in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Advantics provides systems integration, enrollment hardware, software and database management, specializing in the government ID industry across Latin America, and is based in the Dominican Republic. iDcentrix has licensed patented technology providing highly secure identification cards based on Swiss banknote paper and polycarbonate to prevent duplication and counterfeiting.
iDcentrix Secure ID cards has appointed Dimas Ceclio as the director of
sales to oversee operations in Latin America and the Caribbean as part
of the company’s efforts at global expansion. Previously working as an
independent sales consultant for various integrators to help maximize
sales growth, a regional sales manager for Datacard Group and developed
business and marketing plans for major distributors, Dimas has over 12
years of channel management experience. Ceclio’s advanced education
includes a BA in business administration from the University of Turabo
in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
iDcentrix sells ID card production equipment and consumables to
corporate and governmental card issuers around the world.
ID card provider IDcentrix has completed its name change and is set to trade on the OTC under “IDCX.” This name change completes the reorganization of the company’s business contemplated by the share exchange agreement between the company (then known as Sterling Gold) and iDcentrix, a Delaware corporation, pursuant to which the company issued one share of its common stock for each outstanding share of the Delaware corporation. Following the share exchange, iDcentrix has 32,242,000 shares issued and outstanding, 12,375,000 outstanding common share purchase warrants exercisable to acquire 6,187,500 shares (each two warrants being exercisable to acquire one share), and outstanding options to purchase 1,000,000 shares of common stock.