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Manitoba reduces driving license fraud with biometrics

Digimarc : 03 July, 2008  (Application Story)
Biometric facial recognition system to screen for duplicate applicants for the enhanced driving licenses issued by Manitoba
Digimarc has announced that Manitoba Public Insurance has chosen Digimarc's Facial Recognition Solution (FRS) to help screen applicants for driving licenses -- including its new Enhanced Driving License, a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant travel document that will provide a convenient alternative to the passport for entering the US at land and water border crossings.

Digimarc's Facial Recognition Solution will be used by investigators to compare new photos taken for Manitoba driving licenses against all photos in the image database of Manitoba Public Insurance to quickly identify applicants attempting to obtain multiple licenses under different identities. This process has proven highly effective in helping driving license issuers rapidly uncover potential fraud in their databases and ensure that only one legitimate credential is issued per qualified applicant.

"We are delighted that Manitoba has selected Digimarc to provide the province with our proven facial recognition system to help them verify the identity of applicants before issuing a driving license," says Bob Eckel, President of ID Systems for Digimarc Corporation. "Manitoba joins a growing number of jurisdictions adopting facial recognition solutions to help them combat identity fraud."

"We are pleased to be working with Digimarc to help us implement facial recognition technology as part of our system upgrade to permit issuance of Enhanced Driving Licenses. The new Enhanced Driving License program will provide Manitoba citizens with a cost-effective, convenient option for border crossing. FRS will help us validate the identity of applicants, and speed the investigation of those suspected of fraud," says Dan Guimond, Vice President of Business Innovation and Insurance Operations for Manitoba Public Insurance.
Manitoba Public Insurance will be the 18th jurisdiction in North America to implement the Digimarc FRS solution, and the 5th Canadian province.
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