Datacard Group Continues to Provide Enhanced Passport Solutions for Colombian Government

Datacard Group Has Worked Closely with Identificación Plástica S. A. to Grow and Enhance the Colombian Government’s Secure Passport Program for Over Three Years

MINNETONKA, Minn.--()--Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced that the Colombian government is continuing to enhance and expand their passport program by implementing an additional Datacard® passport issuance system to issue highly secure citizen passports.

“It was very important that the Colombian government have local services and support as well as innovative products and solutions”

Working closely with Identificación Plástica S. A. —an Enterprise Solutions Provider (ESP) for Datacard Group and leader in providing identification solutions and high technology services to customers in Colombia and Venezuela—the two companies have been able to meet the needs of the government since 2009 and have since continued to help enhance the government’s passport issuance capabilities.

“It was very important that the Colombian government have local services and support as well as innovative products and solutions,” said Joe Lopez, regional vice president for Datacard Group. “Our strategic partnership with Identificación Plástica S. A. offers the government something competitors could not – an enhanced technology solution with a local support team in Colombia, offering a guaranteed quick service response time.”

Currently, the combined integrated solution for the Colombian government includes Datacard high throughput passport issuance systems; desktop systems for regional issuance, as well as in-country local services and support provided by Identificación Plástica S. A.

The Datacard® PB6500™ passport issuance system is utilized for the central issuance of the Colombian citizens’ passports. It is an automated, inline high-volume passport production system offering a flexible, modular design. This enables the government to start with the most cost-effective configuration for their program, then incorporate new technologies as they become available and as needs change.

For this particular project, the Colombian government is utilizing a modular configuration that includes a vision verification module as well as laser engraving, which personalizes the polycarbonate data page on each passport. Laser engraving is a highly secure personalization tool which enables “Security at the Time of Personalization,” adding key identification and security elements during the personalization process and making it less desirable to counterfeiters.

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About Identificación Plástica S. A.

Identificación Plástica S. A. is a Datacard Group partner specializing in the ID and Payment Solutions business in the Colombian market. In the ID arena, it offers solutions for drivers licenses, car permits and many other ID applications. The company supplies the local and national government with Datacard® solutions adapted and integrated to local needs. In the payment arena, there are many financial cards meeting the EMVCo EMV® standards that are being issued throughout the country on Datacard solutions that are supplied by Identificación Plástica for banks and bureaus in centralized, decentralized and instant issuance applications. In addition, Identificación Plástica has a professional team of engineers that designs, deploys, and services ID and payment solutions. The company is also involved in the payment acquirer segment with different partners.

About Datacard Group

Datacard Group empowers financial institutions, government agencies and other enterprises in more than 150 countries to securely issue and personalize financial cards, passports, national IDs, employee badges, mobile payment applications and other credentials. Our flexible solutions enable Secure Issuance Anywhere™, which helps both public and private enterprises succeed in a global, digital and increasingly connected marketplace. Datacard is the world's best-selling brand of secure issuance solutions. For information, visit Follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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Colombian government expands secure passport issuing capacity and capability with additional Datacard® PB6500 passport issuance system.

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