MONTREAL, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - ICAO MRTD 2009 - WorldReach Software, a leading consular solutions provider, partnering with Logica as the prime contractor and De La Rue, are pleased to announce the official deployment of secure, ICAO standards compliant Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) for the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The first UK FCO ETD issuance occurred August 27, 2009 in New York, USA, marking the first authorized worldwide use of an ETD issued via BRIDGE (BRitish Identity Document Generating Equipment).
With the expected roll-out to be completed by Spring 2010, the BRIDGE programme is modernising passport services to better serve British nationals traveling abroad, ensuring ease of travel to home or destination country. This state-of-the-art system provides an end-to-end secure overseas travel document issuance process and is based on the PassportReach software from WorldReach Software, while De La Rue designed, printed and produced the new ETD.
"Success of a programme as important as BRIDGE, is always dependent upon the final 'proof-in-use' deployment," said Gordon Wilson, President of WorldReach Software. "We are confident that this innovative system will be held-up as the 'optimal' secure emergency document solution. WorldReach is honoured to be teamed with Logica and De La Rue to supply the FCO with this means of supporting and facilitating travel of its citizens overseas."
"De La Rue is delighted to be able to bring its expertise in secure products and services to project BRIDGE and to be working with its partners Logica and WorldReach Software in the delivery of this highly prestigious document.", said James Thorburn, Managing Director, De La Rue Identity Systems.
Martin Whitley, Client Director at Logica, reiterated the pleasure at being a part of this promising partnership adding, "We, at Logica, are looking forward to working with WorldReach on many future projects."
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About WorldReach Software
WorldReach Software supplies consular software and fosters best practices used by an excess of 3000 daily users in over 850 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. WorldReach Software helps ensure traveler safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travelers. Customers include the Ministries of Foreign Affairs from Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom. For more information, please contact: www.worldreach.com
About De La Rue
De La Rue is the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents such as passports, fiscal stamps, travelers' cheques and authentication labels. They are a leading provider of cash sorting equipment and software solutions to central banks worldwide, helping them to reduce the cost of handling cash. They also pioneer new technologies and innovations in government identity solutions for national identification, driver's licence and passport issuing schemes. De La Rue employs over 4,000 people across 17 countries and is a member of the FTSE 250. Its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the market for listed securities on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol DLAR. www.delarue.com
Logica is a leading IT and business services company, employing 39,000 people across 36 countries. It provides business consulting, systems integration, and IT and business process outsourcing services. Logica works closely with its customers to release their potential - enabling change that increases their efficiency, accelerates growth and manages risk. It applies its deep industry knowledge, technical excellence and global delivery expertise to help its customers build leadership positions in their markets. Logica is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam) (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG). More information is available at. www.logica.com
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For further information: For further information: Press contact: Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software, Shelley.Bryen@worldreach.com, (613) 742-6482; Claire Burrows, Marketing Manager, De La Rue Identity Systems, email@example.com, +44 (0) 1256 605443; Nadia Boodram, Logica, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07921 932 363; Pam Taylor, Logica, email@example.com, 07894 603 910