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Permanent Resident Card Uses RFID Thinlam Inlay From KSW Microtec

KSW Microtec : 02 June, 2010  (Application Story)
LaserCard is using RFID Thinlam within the company's high security identity card for the US green card program
KSW Microtec is supplying LaserCard with innovative, custom-designed KSW Thinlams for the new contactless US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began issuing the new card on May 11, 2010.

The new card's innovative structure is a technological success resulting from the companies' strong collaborative alliance. KSW developed a customized RFID Thinlam optimized to uniquely match the physical characteristics of LaserCard's credential platform. Thinlam with a thickness down to 270µm is commonly used manufacturing government ID documents including passports, driving licences as well as identity cards and are also widely used in the e-payment sector.

The next generation Green Card utilizes LaserCard's tamper-proof and highly counterfeit resistant optical security media as its key visual and physical security feature and the integrated RFID tag to provide compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) capability allows officers at borders and ports of entry to read the card from a distance and compare it immediately to file data.

The optical security media enables authorities and inspection agents to make a confident judgment about card authenticity and visual identification of the cardholder even when electronic readers are not available. The combined technologies set a new, higher standard for international government ID card programs.

"KSW's trend-setting RFID technology for ultra-thin pre-laminates and inlays based on polycarbonate and LaserCard's optical media based identity cards, widely recognized as being the most secure, ensure optimum solutions for customers in the high-security ID market," said Thomas Hitzer, CEO of KSW Microtec.

Building on their complementary expertise, advanced technologies and specialization in high security identity programs, the two companies are gaining wide recognition in the global ID security industry.

Chris Dyball, chief operating officer of LaserCard Corporation said, "The winning combination of LaserCard's expertise in secure identity credential solutions and KSW Microtec¹s experience in the production of RFID components for high-security applications assured the development of a rugged, reliable credential, designed to meet and exceed our customer's requirements. We see significant opportunities in the further collaboration of our companies."
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