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Tamper proof electronic ID cards for US green card program.

LaserCard : 03 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Homeland security order received by LaserCard for the supply of smart technology secure ID cards with embedded facial images and tamper resistant features.
LaserCard has received a purchase order to supply a next generation card encoding solution for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) US Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") Program.

Under the terms of the purchase order, received from DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Service's Prime Contractor, LaserCard will supply 40 next generation encoders, associated software and services. The new solution will replace "Green Card" personalisation equipment which is more than a decade old. The encoders and software, valued at approximately $170,000, are expected to be delivered over the next six months.

"The move to our enhanced encoding solution confirms the Department of Homeland Security's continued commitment to optical memory technology," said Bernard Bailey, chairman of LaserCard's board of directors. "The award of this purchase order is further testament to LaserCard's continuing ability to provide a best of breed technology for secure ID card solutions and is the precursor to the introduction of an advanced design optical memory-based Green Card."

The new encoding solution features advanced laser technology which greatly enhances the resolution and contrast of LaserCard's personalised Embedded Hologram. The feature is unique among all data storage technologies used on cards in that it permanently marks the digital recording medium with eye visible data, in this case the facial image of the cardholder. This feature has proven to be one of the most significant visual security components of optical card credentialing programs and is currently also in use on the US/Mexico Border Crossing Card, the Canadian Permanent Resident Card, the Italian Citizen and Resident IDs, the Costa Rica Resident ID and a Middle Eastern National ID Card.

"The visual and digital information encoded to LaserCard's optical memory is tamperproof and has never been compromised. This is crucial to note in a world where visual inspection is still the most common means of credential and ID verification," Bailey said. "Optical memory technology provides the most secure solution available today and represents a security bridge to the electronic ID future where infrastructure will be widely available to authenticate credentials and verify ID automatically."

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