Datacard Group to Provide Solution for
National Identity System in Guatemala - 18th
The Global leader in card issuance systems is part of a consortium supplying an automated
identity system using biometric data.
MINNETONKA, Minn.- Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization
solutions, announces that they were chosen to supply card personalization equipment and
software for the new national identification system planned in Guatemala. The country’s
Registro Nacional de Personas (“RENAP”) intends to issue electronic identity (eID) cards to
more than 11 million residents to both improve the process of citizen authorization and reduce
benefits fraud. Issuance of the cards began July 1, 2009.
Guatemala’s new civil registry database will utilize Automated Fingerprint Identification System
(AFIS) and facial recognition biometrics. When a citizen enrolls in the program, two fingerprints
will be taken and a faceprint will be made using facial recognition software. These biometrics,
along with the citizen’s biographic information, will be stored both in the civil registry database
and on a smart chip imbedded into the identification card.
The cards for this program need to provide an expected usage life of up to 10 years, so
polycarbonate cards were chosen. The printed personalization was laser engraved into the
substrate, enhancing both durability and card security. The card designs incorporate three
levels of security measures – those visible to casual visual inspection (level 1), those visible
using special enhanced visual inspection techniques (level 2) and those that require laboratory
or forensic inspection (level 3) – to ensure the highest resistance to fraud and counterfeiting.
“This new eID program will be rolled out immediately as Guatemala’s primary national
identification card,” said Fred Ketcho, regional vice president of Americas Sales and Service for
Datacard Group. “Once the entire infrastructure is in place countrywide there are plans to use