Giesecke & Devrient Selected to Deliver Ontario's New High Security Driver's Licence

    Advanced technology integrated into complete end-to-end solution to
    enhance security, cost-effectiveness and reliability

    TORONTO and MUNICH, March 9 /CNW/ - Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a global
leader in advanced technology for payment and identification, announced today
that it has been awarded a 10-year contract by the Government of Ontario to
deliver a complete end-to-end solution for the new high-security Driver's
    "G&D places an extraordinarily high value on security. Our global
commitment for creating confidence in identification systems has been achieved
through constant innovation and investment in advanced technology," comments
Anna Rossetti, president, Card Systems and Solutions, G&D Canada. "To have
been chosen to deliver this next generation of ID solutions for the people of
Ontario is a privilege and a responsibility that we take seriously. We are
proud to continue our history of support to the Ontario Government for the
Driver's Licence."
    The enhanced Driver's Licence will offer increased protection for
identification by employing new built-in security features. The flexibility of
the new card solution from G&D allows for increasing levels of security as
Ontario's needs change and global technology for identification evolves.
    G&D's responsibility for the complete end-to-end solutions include:

    -  Systems and equipment to capture photographs, signatures, and other
       information in Ministry of Transportation (MTO);

    -  Design services for the Driver's Licence to maximize resistance to
       counterfeiting and tampering;

    -  High-security manufacturing and storage of cards;

    -  Printing and encoding individual photographs, signatures and other
       cardholder information on the Driver's Licences;

    -  Mailing of cards and associated materials to cardholders.

    Using a proprietary process, G&D will integrate a number of security
features both visible and invisible to the eye, in the new Driver's Licence.
These cards will have a new look and feel and will be processed in G&D's new
state-of-the-art, high-security facility in Markham, Ontario. To add to its
complete solution, G&D has incorporated the expertise of the Datacard Group, a
trusted identification solution provider that has implemented government
solutions worldwide.
    "We are extremely proud to provide our solutions to the Government of
Ontario, and honored to work with G&D Canada," said Jeff Hattara, president
and CEO of Datacard Group. "Our streamlined front-end software and capture
systems will help enhance the way the Driver's Licence is processed. In
addition, our new advanced personalization technologies will help to enhance
the security and durability of the card."
    G&D has a proven track record of over 150 successful identification
projects around the world over the past 25 years, including first-hand
experience with a number of security and identification projects in Ontario.
The company history in Ontario dates back to the early 1960s with the
production of the earliest generations of credit cards, and its global
experience and expertise has been recognized in projects such as 42 million
national ID cards for Egypt, 24 million electronic health cards for the
citizens of Taiwan (the world's largest Java(R) based smart card system) and
11 million cards for electronic government services (eCards) in Austria.
    "The technology being adopted today positions the Ontario Government with
a flexible platform to pursue future initiatives for the Driver's Licence,"
says Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Member of the Management Board at G&D in Munich. "The
Province of Ontario will stand out as a leader among its peers in North
America for adopting and extending the current state of technology, and
delivering improved security and convenience to its citizens."
    Providing security solutions in payment as well, G&D is helping to
reshape the Canadian payment landscape in the delivery of credit and debit
cards solutions. The advanced technology leader is playing a key role in the
Canadian migration from magnetic stripe to EMV smart chip enabled cards and
other emerging technology.
    G&D is also a trusted partner in banknote printing in Canada. At the
beginning of the millennium, the Bank of Canada and G&D worked together to
develop a new banknote series equipped with highly effective security
features. In 2006, while upgrading the 10 dollar bill, the Bank of Canada
implemented the holographic LEAD(R) (Longlasting Economical Anticopy Device)
metallic strip as a further security enhancement.

    About Giesecke & Devrient

    Giesecke & Devrient Systems Canada, Inc. (G&D) is the Canadian subsidiary
of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, an international technology group operating over
52 subsidiaries and joint ventures throughout the world. Since 1962, G&D
Canada has been the partner of choice to leading Canadian financial
institutions, governments and industry in providing secure card systems for
payment and identification. Founded in 1852, the G&D Group Worldwide began as
a printer of securities, and later specialized in banknote production. The
company has been developing solutions and complete systems for automatic
currency processing since 1970. Today, G&D is also a technology leader in
smart cards, and a solutions provider in a wide range of fields, including
telecommunications, electronic payments, identification, health,
transportation, and IT security (PKI). In fiscal 2005, the Group employed more
than 7,500 people and generated revenues of EUR 1.24 billion. For more
information, visit our Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Giesecke & Devrient Systems Canada, Inc.,
Cheryl Hutton, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, 316 Markland
Street, Markham, Ontario, L6C 0C1, Phone: (905) 946-2808, Fax: (905) 946-2875,

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