Amsterdam, December 10, 2014 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has signed a multi-year contract with “La Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec” (SAAQ) to provide the new license for Quebec drivers. The complete solution combines the Sealys Secure Document and the field-proven Coesys Issuance Solution that address the government’s goal of reinforcing the identity protection for driver’s license holders in Quebec. Gemalto also provides the full set-up and maintenance of SAAQ’s personalization infrastructure. This allows the SAAQ to offer Quebec drivers a seamless and speedy renewal service when obtaining their new driver’s license.
Gemalto’s high end polycarbonate card replaces the traditional approach of printing graphic images and text onto the plastic card body to reduce document forgery. This additional layer of protection is based on advanced laser engraving techniques that embed the individual’s information into the card during the personalization process. The benefit for Quebec’s drivers is twofold: a more secure form of identity in addition to an extended duration of the driver’s license.
“With one of the largest security teams and over 120 years of experience, Gemalto is well-positioned to provide advanced card personalization solutions in addition to the issuance of secure documents,” said Neville Pattinson, Senior Vice President of Government Programs for North America at Gemalto. “With this combination, we are able to fuse together the security features present in the card with the data and images applied during personalization and greatly reduce the ability to tamper or forge the document.”