Gemalto Expands e-Driver License Contract to 3 Additional States in Mexico

Gemalto Expands e-Driver License Contract to 3 Additional States in Mexico

To cover the States of Mexico, Veracruz, and Sonora

Mexico City, April 29, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces that it has secured a new contract to supply electronic card driver’s license to 3 additional Mexican states, in cooperation with its local partner Cosmocolor.

Cosmocolor is a major system integrator in Latin America, specialized in digital identity solutions. The company has partnered Gemalto previously to implement the first Mexican electronic card driving license in the Nuevo León State in January 2007. Together with Gemalto, they now expand their services and technology to the States of Mexico, Veracruz and Sonora. With a population of over 110 million and over 50 million drivers, there is a strong potential for migration to electronic driving licenses in Mexico.

“The expansion of e-Driver License to other Mexican States demonstrates Mexico’s technological leadership in electronic ID systems in Latin America. At the forefront of the global trend that replaces paper documents with electronic documents, Mexico’s e-Driving License is also recognized as a secure ID card. Already used as national identification card, it also serves as proof of identity to contract many services, from cashing a check, to opening a bank account or getting credit. As the driver’s identification data is read from the card, directly on to a PC, using a card reader, it also helps users save time when contracting a service”, comments Arnaud Laurans, vice-president for Government Programs of Gemalto in Latin America.

“Since the e-Driver License contains a microprocessor chip that securely stores driver’s data and biometric characteristics, such as finger prints and photograph, it protects drivers against identity theft. The chip can also store high volumes of data and will contain the history of fines and driver’s restrictions. This is expected to contribute to a reduction in traffic accidents and deaths, as information on drivers’ behavior may be used by insurance companies when calculating car insurance premiums, making insurance more expensive for imprudent drivers”, says Jorge Kahwagi, President of Cosmocolor.

In the field of driver’s license and vehicle registration, Gemalto is also contributing to deployments in El Salvador, Finland, India, Norway and Sweden. In addition, Gemalto has provided secure documents and solutions for tachograph programs in Andorra, Denmark, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, which aim to make roads safer.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus. For more information please visit


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