August 1, 2013 -
Giesecke & Devrient is set to supply Mexico with new voter identification cards – 60 million of them, to be exact.
The Instituto Federal Electoral is responsible for organizing all of Mexico’s elections, and it has commissioned the technology group’s Mexican subsidiary Giesecke y Devrient de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (G&D Mexico) to manufacture and personalize the new voting cards. The company will establish a new card production center and two personalization centers in the country, in collaboration with a partner.
The cards, which are renewed every ten years, feature a watermark and a photo of the cardholder. Voter ID cards have been used in Mexico for nearly 20 years and double as a form of acceptable government identification.
G&D will be responsible for the entire system integration and project management for the order.
““The new voting cards provide Mexico’s citizens with a practical form of identification that is also highly secure,” Oscar Marquez, General Manager and Director of the Board of G&D Mexico said. “A swift and reliable system for authenticating these new voting cards also helps to ensure that national elections run smoothly and properly.”
Reported previously, the government of the Macau’s Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has chosen G&D to manufacture and deploy its new multifunction contactless, smart ID cards.