The Netherlands selects Gemalto to introduce new electronic driving license

The Netherlands selects Gemalto to introduce new electronic driving license

Amsterdam, October 28, 2014 — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is delivering its Sealys electronic driving license to RDW, the public body responsible for driver licensing and vehicle registration in the Netherlands. The Gemalto driving license combines visual, physical and electronic security features that provide strong protection against fraud and forgery. In addition, a contactless microprocessor securely stores all the individual details printed on its tamper-proof polycarbonate body. It will enable the Dutch police force to verify the authenticity of the document with authorized NFC mobile readers.

The credit card-sized document meets all the requirements of the latest EU-wide initiative to establish a modern, harmonized driving license in member states. RDW evaluated a number of security design offerings and Gemalto’s proposal, combining creative layout with unique multiple features, stood out as the best solution:

  • A transparent window in the pure polycarbonate structure provides an immediate visual check
  • The brand new Sealys Secure Surface feature enables tactile relief and optical effects on certain areas of the document
  • Sealys Edge Sealer offers additional protection through laser markings on the edge of the card

“Ensuring only authorized drivers take to the road is a vital element of any road safety program, and the driving license also serves as official ID credential for citizens,” said Andre Uuldriks, Unit Manager of the Driving License department for RDW. “We loved the unique combination of security features matching a very advanced document design. We plan to introduce the new electronic driving license no later than the end of year.”

“The inclusion of a microprocessor on licenses reinforces public trust in the integrity of a document. In addition, it enables an extensive set of electronic verifications to check document authenticity and driver’s identity,” said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto. “The Netherlands will benefit from our experience acquired through large-scale deployments of secure driving licenses notably in France, India, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco and the UK. The new card also creates a future-proof platform for accessing eGovernment services in the years ahead.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.

Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals. Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

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Peggy Edoire
Europe, Middle East & Africa
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