Queensland’s smart card driver license isn’t gaining and traction within other state governments or even Queensland agencies, according to an report from Computerworld.
Development of the license began 8-years-ago when the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads wanted an ID that could better prevent forgery and counterfeiting. The chip on the smart cards store the holder’s demographic information and the document itself includes a hologram, special inks, a watermark and shadowing to prevent counterfeiting.
Limiting the possible applications for the ID is the fact that Queensland developed its own standard, said Tim Hudson, technical director at Cryptsoft, who consulted on the project for 18 months. “They picked a new standard, developed their own security protocols and performed their own implementation of smartcard resident code – this has effectively reduced the ability for anyone other than the department to use the smart card,” he said.
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