Veridos Canada to provide facial recognition for Saskatchewan driver’s licences and ID cards

October 23, 2015 - 

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has contracted Veridos Canada Inc. to produce the Canadian province’s driver’s licence and identification cards, as well as provide facial recognition and photo capture enhancement.

The announcement comes almost a year after provincial auto insurance fund Saskatchewan Government Insurance began seeking facial recognition and image capture solutions to further improve security and protect Saskatchewan citizens against fraud.

Under the terms of the contract, which was awarded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, Veridos Canada will begin card production services in April 2016.

By transitioning to facial recognition capabilities, Saskatchewan will join all other Canadian provinces that have been integrating facial recognition technology in their driver’s licensing programs.

The facial recognition technology will protect Saskatchewan residents from identity theft as well as prevent individuals from obtaining multiple licenses and/or ID cards.

The technology will also improve road safety by preventing suspended drivers from using a false identity to obtain a licence.

SGI’s existing five-year contract for driver’s licence and identification card production will expire at the end of March 2016.

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