Veridos selected to provide 74M biometric voter ID cards for Mexico
The Mexican Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) has awarded Veridos a contract to design and produce more than 74 million biometric voter ID cards for the country over the next five years to ease voter verification and enhance national security.
Veridos will operate a personalization site producing 90,000 ID cards a day, under the terms of the contract, along with a scrap material recycling plant, and a service for Mexicans abroad.
The identity documents will feature 14 preprinted security features, some visible to the naked eye and some not, and 12,800 DPI high-resolution printing, making them very difficult to forge, according to the announcement. Biographic and biometric information will be embedded in two encrypted QR codes on each card, and a smartphone application will be specially developed for smooth and secure identity verification.
Veridos recently upgraded its capabilities to include printed electronics for interaction with smartphones through a partnership with Prismade Labs.
“Veridos’ implementation will allow INE not only to protect the citizen’s identity, but also to enhance security levels,” comments Federal Register of Voters Executive Director Rene Miranda. “We are creating added value for the environment and society in general; through new and better production and verification technologies and taking care of the entire production process, assuring every step of the production, and considering recycling scrap material processes.”
Veridos will also provide a fulfillment service to send voter IDs to Mexicans living abroad in a security envelope.
Mexico is a long-standing Veridos customer. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Thanks to multiple security features and state-of-the-art verification methods, our identity solution is highly reliable and trustworthy,” states Veridos Mexico Managing Director J. Rolando Colchado. “We are delighted to continue this partnership with INE that has already started in 2013 and excited to see our voting identity solution implemented in Mexico.”