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Four Canadian provinces award new contract to Gemalto for secure driver’s license cards and issuance

June 2017 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

Gemalto announces that it won four contracts to provide a new, highly-secure polycarbonate driver’s license in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The Atlantic Provinces sought a provider with a strong position as a partner capable of producing laser-engraved polycarbonate in Canada, in order to bring their residents better identity protection through a more secure driver’s license.

Gemalto will provide its Premium polycarbonate and help transition the provinces from an over-the-counter issuance process to secure central issuance. This not only enables the enhancement of the credential with the advanced, fraud and tamper-resistant security features only possible through central issuance, but also creates a more efficient process for Registry of Motor Vehicle operators by eliminating on-site printing.

In addition to the credential issuance itself, Gemalto will also implement a comprehensive enrollment solution that will include photo capture, digital signature pad, and a facial biometrics recognition system compliant with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This advanced, end-to-end solution will streamline existing processes and provide a foundation for future supplemental technologies such as an electronic ID (eID) or digital driver’s license (DDL).

"The Atlantic Provinces had a strong, unified vision of what we wanted to achieve as a result of this contract and provider evaluation process," said Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for Prince Edward Island. "We selected Gemalto because their broad experience and security capabilities can improve what we are doing today, and their innovations in technology will help us achieve what we want to do in the coming years."

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