Drexler to ship 265,000 smart cards for regional government

Drexler Technology Corporation today announced that it has received a purchase order release to ship 265,000 secure chip-ready optical memory cards for use in a Middle East national ID card programme.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  September 2, 2004

Drexler Technology Corporation today announced that it has received a purchase order release to ship 265,000 secure chip-ready optical memory cards for use in a Middle East national ID card programme. The Mountain View, California based company said the quantity represents the balance required to fulfill the contract for Phase I of a program that called for a total of 300,000 cards. The prime contractor for the program issued the purchase order release following instructions from the customer, a Middle Eastern national government. The cards, which include secure customised optical memory and several other strong counterfeit resistance features, will be embedded with IC chips by a third party under contract by the prime contractor before delivery to the government customer. Deliveries under the purchase order release are scheduled to begin in the current quarter and to be completed by the end of January 2005. Phase II of the same program, for which a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued earlier this year, calls for an additional three million hybrid optical/smart cards and 220 optical card encoders to be used in card personalisation and issuance. Responses to the RFP are currently under evaluation and the final selection of the prime contractor for Phase II is expected later this year. Drexler also develops, manufactures, and markets optical data storage products and systems featuring LaserCard optical memory cards and chip-ready Smart/Optical cards. The vendors products are typically used for digital governance applications such as immigration, border crossing visas, cargo manifests, motor vehicle registration, multi-biometric identification (ID) cards, and other digital read/write card applications. Other details about the cost of the project or the goverment involved were not available.

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