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SGI extends deadline for facial recognition service bids


Saskatchewan Government Insurance is extending its deadline for vendors to submit their proposals for future facial recognition services by two weeks, according to a report by Global News.

SGI extended its deadline from February 13 to February 27 for vendors to submit their proposals to provide facial recognition services for the provincial driver’s licence and identification card production services.

SGI said the extension is meant to accommodate those vendors who asked for more time to get proposals in after SGI issued a request for proposals on December 19, 2014.

The firm will use the facial recognition technology to help protect its customers from identity theft, as well as prevent suspended drivers from acquiring a duplicate licence under a false identity.

“People that aren’t supposed to be on the road, so somebody with a suspended licence, it will keep them from being able to obtain a duplicate licence,” said SGI spokesperson Kelley Brinkworth.

SGI customers will continue to have their picture taken at SGI offices, where they will receive photo identification cards.

Meanwhile, the corporation’s current five-year contract for driver’s licence production will end on March 31, 2016.

Currently, Saskatchewan and Quebec are the only two Canadian provinces that have not implemented facial recognition software in their driver’s licensing programs.

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