DVLA signs up to Gemalto in secure document deal

by Jeremy Plimmer

Drivers License DVLA Gemalto New Tachographs Polycarbonate ID's

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012

 

Gemalto has been selected by the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to supply in the range of 40 to 80 million secure Sealys documents for a variety of official permits. These include in particular digital tachograph cards, the next generation of highly-secure polycarbonate driver’s licenses, and  biometric residence permits, in a multi-year contract.

 

The DVLA will begin deploying the products in 2013 using Gemalto’s EU-compliant eco-friendly Sealys polycarbonate portfolio of secure documents, fitted with unique security features such as Sealys Edge Sealer, a feature unique in the market comprising a laser engraving process applied during the production stage to the edge of the polycarbonate document, adding an additional layer of security. Furthermore, with Gemalto’s image protection feature, the laser-engraved images will be digitally enhanced to include an additional visible security pattern, which prevents modification of the photo without leaving visible marks.

 

The move by the United Kingdom’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is in keeping with
the European Commission initiative to create a standard format driver’s license across the European Union, made of high quality polycarbonate documents with high level security features. Gemalto’s Sealys Biometric Residence Permit is not only compliant with European specifications and the latest ICAO standards, providing temporary residence entitlement for non-EU citizens, it is also offering enhanced security features unmatched on the market.

 

Full story and pictures in the next issue of Product & Image Security Newsletter

 


About Jeremy Plimmer

Jeremy Plimmer has 35 years of experience in the security related print and packaging industry working originally as sales development director for manufacturers of passports, high security print and labels and more recently as a consultant. He is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, chairman of the West Midlands Packaging Society as well as vice chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society.

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