Three additional Mexican states have chosen Gemalto to supply them with electronic driver licenses. The contract is in cooperation with Cosmocolor, a system integrator in Latin America, who specializes in digital identity solutions.
The company partnered with Gemalto previously to implement the first Mexican electronic driving license in the Nuevo León State in January 2007.Comocolor and Gemalto, now provide services and technology to the States of Mexico, Veracruz and Sonora. The three states have a population of more than 110 million people with more than 50 million drivers.
“Mexico’s e-Driving License is also recognized as a secure ID card, says Arnaud Laurans, vice president of government programs at Gemalto in Latin America. “Already used as national identification card, it also serves as proof of identity to contract many services, from cashing a check, to opening a bank account or getting credit. As the driver’s identification data is read from the card, directly on to a PC, using a card reader, it also helps users save time when contracting a service.”
“Since the e-Driver License contains a microprocessor chip that securely stores driver’s data and biometric characteristics, such as finger prints and photograph, it protects drivers against identity theft. The chip can also store high volumes of data and will contain the history of fines and driver’s restrictions,” says Jorge Kahwagi, president of Cosmocolor. “ This is expected to contribute to a reduction in traffic accidents and deaths, as information on drivers’ behavior may be used by insurance companies when calculating car insurance premiums, making insurance more expensive for imprudent drivers.”
Gemalto is also contributing to driver licenses deployments in El Salvador, Finland, India, Norway and Sweden.