Slovakia taps Datacard



The Slovakian government has installed the Datacard MX6000 card issuance systems and the Datacard Syntera customization suite software for its national eIDs, driver’s licenses, border crossing cards, vehicle registration cards and resident permits.
The Slovakian government issues approximately 520,000 cards annually. Working with Hewlett Packard in Slovakia – who is the primary contract holder on this project – Datacard Group says it was able to propose a product configuration that meets the Slovakian government specifications for enhanced security features, as well as the criteria for speed and improved quality.
It adds: “Upgrading to the new MX6000 systems, as well as installing the Syntera software provides several benefits to the government. This includes accountability in the issuance process, more secure and higher-quality laser engraving, efficient smart card personalisation and vision verification, which has greatly expedited the recording of expired or confiscated identity documents. They also improve efficiency with automatic registration of returned cards.”
The Slovakian Ministry of Interior has used Datacard products since 2006. “The new system is an upgrade from previous Datacard high-volume solutions that it already had in place,” says Russell St John, senior vice president of global marketing for Datacard Group. “The new eIDs, driver’s licenses and other documents are now measurably more secure and offer greater functionality.”
According to Datacard, while the MX6000 systems are now used for the primary issuance of all national eID cards, the systems also offer optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities that are used to automate the process of recording when expired or invalid documents are returned for destruction.
In addition to the card programmes, the Slovakian government has also been using the Datacard PB6500 passport issuance systems since 2008 for personalisation and issuance of its ePassports.



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