February 27, 2013 -
Datacard Group has announced that the Colombian government will implement an additional Datacard passport issuance system.
Working closely with Identificación Plástica S. A. — an Enterprise Solutions Provider (ESP) for Datacard Group and leader in providing identification solutions and high technology services to customers in Colombia and Venezuela — the two companies have been working with the Colombian government since 2009.
Established in 1969, Datacard Group is one of the largest global providers of secure identification and card issuance solutions.
“It was very important that the Colombian government have local services and support as well as innovative products and solutions,” Joe Lopez, regional vice president for Datacard Group said. “Our strategic partnership with Identificación Plástica S. A. offers the government something competitors could not – an enhanced technology solution with a local support team in Colombia, offering a guaranteed quick service response time.”
Currently, the government uses a combined integration solution including a Datacard high throughput passport issuance system, desktop systems for regional issuance as well as local services and support provided by Identificación Plástica S. A.
The specific system which will be used in Colombia is the Datacard PB6500 passport issuance system. It is an automated, in-line high-volume passport production system offering a flexible, modular design. This flexibility allows the government to start with the most cost-effective configuration for their program and then incorporate new technologies as they become available or as needs change.
For this particular project, the government is using a configuration which includes a vision verification module as well as laser engraving, which personalizes the polycarbonate data page on each passport.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Canada now requires biometric information from national of 29 different countries when applying for temporary visas, as a part of the Temporary Resident Biometrics Project. There are 29 countries listed in the program and the requirement extends to Colombia.