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The Netherlands selects Gemalto to introduce new electronic driving license

Amsterdam, October 29, 2014 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is delivering its Sealys electronic driving license to RDW, the public body responsible for driver licensing and vehicle registration in the Netherlands. The Gemalto driving license combines visual, physical and electronic security features that provide strong protection against fraud and forgery. In addition, a contactless microprocessor securely stores all the individual details printed on its tamper-proof polycarbonate body. It will enable the Dutch police force to verify the authenticity of the document with authorized NFC mobile readers.

The credit card-sized document meets all the requirements of the latest EU-wide initiative to establish a modern, harmonized driving license in member states. RDW evaluated a number of security design offerings and Gemalto’s proposal, combining creative layout with unique multiple features, stood out as the best solution:

  • A transparent window in the pure polycarbonate structure provides an immediate visual check
  • The brand new Sealys Secure Surface feature enables tactile relief and optical effects on certain areas of the document
  • Sealys Edge Sealer offers additional protection through laser markings on the edge of the card​​

“Ensuring only authorized drivers take to the road is a vital element of any road safety program, and the driving license also serves as official ID credential for citizens,” said Andre Uuldriks, Unit Manager of the Driving License department for RDW. “We loved the unique combination of security features matching a very advanced document design. We plan to introduce the new electronic driving license no later than the end of year.”

​”The inclusion of a microprocessor on licenses reinforces public trust in the integrity of a document. In addition, it enables an extensive set of electronic verifications to check document authenticity and driver’s identity,” said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto. “The Netherlands will benefit from our experience acquired through large-scale deployments of secure driving licenses notably in France, India, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco and the UK. The new card also creates a future-proof platform for accessing eGovernment services in the years ahead.”


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