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By Anh Nguyen | Computerworld UK | 07 May 12
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has awarded a contract for the administration of UK drivers' licences to Gemalto.
According to TechMarketView, the original tender notice valued the contract at between £60 million and £300 million.
Gemalto, which replaces incumbent IBM on the contract, will be responsible for providing between 40 and 80 million secure permit documents as part of the multi-year deal.
These include digital tachograph cards and biometric residence permits.
The DVLA will begin deploying Gemalto's Sealys line of products from 2013.
An IBM case study from 2008 shows that the company worked with DVLA to develop a secure photocard driving licence using technologies from Trb, a Swiss supplier of secure cards, and Mhlbauer, a German supplier secure-card manufacturing machinery.
Under the incumbent contract, IBM helped to develop a polycarbonate, non-chip card that met EU standards, but could also feature a chip to make it a smartcard in the future.