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DREXLER WINS BIG ORDER FOR DIGITAL IDENTITY CARDS WITH MULTI SECURITY FEATURES.



Feds Issue New RFP (Request For Proposal) A document that invites a vendor to submit a bid for hardware, software and/or services. It may provide a general or very detailed specification of the system.

1. (business) RFP - Request for Proposal.
2.
 For 20 Million Security Cards Over Five Years

Drexler Technology Corp. of Mountain View, Calif., has just landed a $6.8 million order for digital identity optical memory cards to be used primarily for the Dept. of State "Laser Visa" program and also for the Immigration and Naturalization Service Noun 1. Immigration and Naturalization Service - an agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States
INS
 (INS INS
abbr.
1. Immigration and Naturalization Service

2. International News Service

Noun 1. INS
) Permanent Resident Card Permanent Resident Card may refer to:
  • United States Permanent Resident Card
  • Canada Permanent Resident Card
 "Green Card" program. Each card will contain a unique, laser-engraved, sequential serial number.

Deliveries are estimated at 250,000 cards per month over an eight- to nine-month period beginning in January.

The multiple-security-features (MSF MSF Manufacturing, Science, and Finance (Union) ) digital identity LaserCard has the capability of utilizing all, or any combination of, the following security features on the same card:

* It can be progressively upgraded to stay ahead of high-tech counterfeiters and tamperers.

* It can store PC-readable (digitized) face photo, signature, biometric data, and text.

* It can permanently contain an "audit trail" of all digital data recorded on the card, even data "erased" by the user.

* It can utilize a process of uniquely laser engraving Laser engraving is the practice of using lasers to engrave or mark an object (it is also sometimes incorrectly described as etching, which involves the use of acid or a similar chemical).  an "eye readable" image of the cardholder's face, biographic data, signature, document number, and expiration dates.

* It can have a unique, laser-engraved, sequential identification number.

* It can store precise, high-resolution microimages during the card manufacturing process -- for example, images of all US presidents and all state flags, as in the State Dept. and INS cards.

* It can store digital certificates, digital signatures, and public and private cryptographic keys based upon public key infrastructures (PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) A framework for creating a secure method for exchanging information based on public key cryptography. The foundation of a PKI is the certificate authority (CA), which issues digital certificates that authenticate the identity of ) for use with the Internet, intranets, or extranets for verifying identity.

In related news, the government also has issued a new request for proposal (RFP) for a five-year, competitively bid contract scheduled to start about May 2000, for up to 20.6 million optical memory cards -- up to nine times greater than Drexler's $6.8 million award. The new RFP, for State Dept. "Laser Visa" cards and INS "Green Cards," states that the vendor must be capable of delivering 500,000 optical memory cards per month. Drexler says it is presently "the only qualified bidder for the program."
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Comment:DREXLER WINS BIG ORDER FOR DIGITAL IDENTITY CARDS WITH MULTI SECURITY FEATURES.(DrexlerTechnology LaserCard)(Government Activity)
Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Dec 27, 1999
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