Gemalto, a provider in digital security announces that it will together with Prime Contractor Placard provide several million Sealys electronic driving licenses to the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland, Australia over a five year period with implementation commencing in 2010.
Currently, just over 3 million drivers in Queensland hold laminated driver licenses on which personal data is printed. The new cards will significantly improve the security and privacy of personal data by securely storing driver information electronically. This will make the new license difficult to copy and counterfeit and thereby minimizes the potential for identity theft.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads also plans to use this secure technology for the Adult Proof of Age, Marine License Indicator and Industry Authority cards.
"Queensland is pleased to be leading the first smartcard driver license in Australia and believe that our ground breaking work will provide a sound basis for other states to build on, should they also decide to take on smartcard technology for their licence products," said Judy Oswin, Executive Director of Land Transport and Safety, The Department of Transport and Main Roads.