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LONDON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The following press release was issued
today by De La Rue Identity Systems:
Guyana has asked De La Rue Identity Systems to produce a new, secure
national identity card in time for the Republic's general elections in
The Guyana Elections Commission has asked De La Rue Identity Systems to
produce a new national ID card for their citizens that will also be used for
voter identification at the country's upcoming general elections.
The elections take place in March 2001. De La Rue developed a new system for
the end of December 2000 that will be capable of producing 600,000 new cards
in less than two months.
The Chairman of the Elections Commission, Major General Joe Singh said
that political parties and stakeholders had been consulted regarding the
contract decision. Major General Singh went on to say, "We wanted to work
with a partner that could successfully meet our tight delivery deadlines and
ensure that the system and identity card would support a fair and democratic
election process. De La Rue Identity Systems are completely trusted within
government circles and they also have a very successful track record in
understanding and implementing government identity schemes."
Guyana's new teslin identity card is ID 1 sized with a digital image and
signature of the bearer. It incorporates new advanced covert and overt
security features that will help in the fight against fraudsters and
counterfeiters. ID theft is one of the fastest growing areas of fraud
worldwide, with an estimated increase of around 40% annually.*
The new system is based on De La Rue's own Multiple Identity Document
Issuing System (MIDIS) which is an industry standard, open systems'
technology, used to manage secure document issuance and record management in
over 30 countries worldwide. Since being installed in Singapore one year ago
the MIDIS passport system has achieved around 100% uptime. It also captures
images and text data at 121 offices around New York State, to securely produce
26,000 driver's licenses per day. In Guyana MIDIS will provide a secure audit
trail during a tightly condensed production period leading up to the general
elections in March.
Adam Trill, Sales Development Manager commented,
"The new Guyanese identity card will play a key role in a fair and democratic
elective process. We understand the needs of the government and are pleased
to be able to continue to support them in achieving their goals."
Part of De La Rue's Global Services Division, Identity Systems provides
services and products for secure national identification, driver's license and
passport issuing schemes all over the world. De La Rue Identity Systems
invests heavily in research and development programmes and works alongside
organisations such as Interpol, the International Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICAO) and the United Nations. Pioneering new technologies from brand
protection through to long-life cards, De La Rue is recognised for supplying
quality, innovation, integrity and above all, security.
In Guyana De La Rue has supplied banknotes for over eighty years and also
supplied the original national identity system in 1997.
(*Reference Privacy Rights Clearing House, San Diego, 1999)
SOURCE De La Rue Identity Systems