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HID Global wins ACT Canada “International Innovation Award” for its Green Card

Published on 3 August, 2011
The re-designed Green Card is the world’s first ID card to combine HID’s LaserCard optical security media (OSM) technology
 Since the introduction of the first OSM-based Green Card, digital security has never been comprised

HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, recently announced that the U.S. Permanent Resident ("Green") Card that is manufactured by HID Global under its LaserCard brand has won the ACT Canada "International Innovation Award" for Identity Management. The U.S. Green Card is issued to all legal foreign residents of the U.S. under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) border security program. USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

USCIS was honoured for the application of secure innovations to the U. S. Green Card's structure and its data and visual security features. The re-designed Green Card, launched in mid-2010, is the world's first ID card to combine HID's LaserCard optical security media (OSM) technology and an embedded RFID tag with other advanced security features. Since the introduction of the first OSM-based Green Card in 1997, the digital security of the card's OSM technology has never been compromised. A report by market research firm Frost & Sullivan concluded that because of its innovations, "the next generation U.S. Green Card sets a new standard for international government ID programs."

"ID security and functionality are pressing concerns for governments worldwide and the card industry must continually innovate to help maintain the integrity, longevity and usefulness of major ID programs," said Cathy Johnston, president of ACT Canada. "The U.S. Green Card is a leading example of an ID card that leverages advanced technology and manufacturing expertise to enable greater security and functionality."

"The advanced, multiple technology U.S. Green Card breaks new ground in the field of ID cards and make a major contribution to the integrity of the U.S. immigration system," said Stephen Price-Francis, LaserCard's vice president of marketing. "We are very pleased that this program has been recognized for its innovation in structure, security and functionality."

The U.S. Green Card is supplied to USCIS by General Dynamics Information Technology, the prime contractor for the U.S. Green Card program.

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