New National ID Card for Guyana.
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 March 2001.
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)