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Marquis ID Systems to provide Colorado DMV with biometric ID solution


Marquis ID Systems (MIDS), a Gemalto company, has won a six year contract from the Colorado Department of Revenue`s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide a biometrics-based turnkey driver license and identification (DL/ID) card production system.

Colorado is currently using MIDS’ issuance solution that includes document scanning and authentication, along with photo, signature, and fingerprint capture and verification.

In addition, MIDS is providing Colorado with its central issuance and personalization solution of highly secure polycarbonate driver licenses, instruction permits, and identification cards.

MIDS experts worked with the State of Colorado and its nearly 60 state and county offices to facilitate the transition through a series of operational and educational training sessions for DMV operators and local law enforcement.

“MIDS` technology helped improve our systematic procedures making the workflow process easier for our operators,” said David Lindsay, driver’s license operations director at the Colorado DMV. “The protection of our citizens` identities is our utmost concern and with MIDS we have taken great strides in improving the security of the credentials we issue.”

One of Colorado’s main design requirements for the new credential is that it included security features that allow for the seamless authentication of drivers without having to use special equipment.

The state decided to use a polycarbonate based credential for its advanced security features because it allows the images and the text to be laser engraved into the card body, allowing for the most secure credentials.

The Sealys Window Lock feature ensures the card contains a secondary card holder portrait in a transparent window, making it nearly impossible to counterfeit or breach.

“Working with Colorado DMV, we held a Collaborative Design Forum to recreate the famous Rocky Mountains picture card background using the most sophisticated document security features for their new polycarbonate credential,” said Steve Steigmeyer, vice president of MIDS. “We believe that the benefit in using polycarbonate for Colorado`s credentials is twofold: a more secure form of identity in addition to an extended duration of the credential.”

Previously reported, Mexican bank BBVA Bancomer is employing Gemalto’s Ezio Suite to validate transactions, prevent fraud and phishing attacks with quick-to-deploy authentication and transaction signing solutions that defend against attacks and maintain best in class user experience.

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