Security identity provider Digimarc has been awarded a six-year contract with Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles to deploy a new driver’s license system that will help the state comply with new Real ID regulations. The company will use the Microsoft .NET version of its driver license issuance solution that will provide “seamless integration” with other state databases and applications.
Digimarc wins competitive bid to provide new over-the-counter driver license issuance system and help the state prepare for Real ID
Beaverton, Ore. and Fort Wayne, Ind.– Digimarc Corporation has announced it has been awarded a six-year contract with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to supply a new driver license issuance system, including a number of innovations in driver license security and system architecture, to help the state provide the highest level of customer service and security to its citizens.
The Indiana BMV selected Digimarc, the market leader in driver license issuance solutions, through a competitive bid process to deliver and support an over-the-counter issuance system for secure driver licenses. The Digimarc solution will be deployed across the State to process applicants and instantly issue driver licenses. The new system is expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2006.
“Driver license systems touch nearly every adult citizen in the State, making vendor quality and performance essential to our ability to meet security and service levels,” said Joel Silverman, commissioner, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. “Digimarc demonstrated the depth of expertise, solution capability, and commitment to quality and customer service we require to make our new driver license system a success. Additionally, the BMV is pleased to be partnering with Digimarc whose operations in Fort Wayne play a key role in supporting this contract and contributing to our state’s economy.”
Furthering the broad adoption of digital watermarking, Indiana will incorporate covert, machine-readable Digimarcr IDMarc T digital watermarking into its driver license to enable cross-jurisdictional authentication and deter ID counterfeiting. Indiana joins more than a dozen States across the country that have adopted this latest innovation in machine-readable ID authentication.
Digimarc will deploy the Microsoft .NET version of its driver license issuance solution in Indiana, providing seamless integration with other State databases and applications, and establishing a platform that can be easily extended to incorporate new secure ID applications in support of State or Federal requirements, including the REAL ID Act.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to help the State of Indiana enhance the security of its driver license with innovations like digital watermarking, and to provide a next-generation ID issuance solutions designed to help Indiana address current needs while preparing for requirements such as those posed by the REAL ID Act,” said Robert Eckel, president, government programs, Digimarc. “As the spotlight continues to focus on the driver license to protect the Homeland we look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with the Indiana BMV.”
The Digimarc solution will include:
–More than 200 workstations and camera towers to process driver license applications, capture signatures, and take the industry’s highest quality portraits of applicants.
–Over-the-counter secure printing systems allowing associates to securely and easily issue driver licenses at BMV offices across the State.
–A secure extranet for integrated inventory management of card materials and consumables, enabling direct management and control by BMV office personnel of production materials.
Digimarc employs more than 500 people around the world. Its operations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are home to the Company’s manufacturing and supply chain center of excellence, and a primary development and customer support center.
Digimarc Corporation, based in Beaverton, Oregon, is a leading supplier of secure identity and media management solutions. Digimarc provides products and services that enable the annual production of more than 60 million personal identification documents, including two-thirds of U.S. driver licenses and IDs for more than 20 countries. Digimarc’s digital watermarking technology provides a persistent digital identity for various media content and is used to enhance the security of financial documents, identity documents and digital images, and support other media rights management applications.
Digimarc has an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with more than 230 issued U.S. patents with more than 5,000 claims, and more than 500 pending patent applications in digital watermarking, personal identification and related technologies. The Company is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, with other U.S. offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Washington DC area; and international offices in London and Mexico. Please go to www.digimarc.com for more company information.