State Department, INS Order Drexler Identification Cards

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Drexler Technology Corp., which makes high-density optical memory cards, said it has received a $6.8 million order from the Department of State and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.Drexler said it would deliver about 250,000 of its sequentially numbered LaserCards in each of the first eight or nine months of the year for the Laser Visa border-crossing program and for green card immigrants.

The cards can handle a wide range of identification and authentication technologies as desired, including digitized photographs or signatures, biometric data, digital certificates, and cryptographic keys.

The government has issued a request for proposal for a five-year contract starting in May to produce as many as 20.6 million optical memory cards to expand the Laser Visa and green card programs.

The vendor would have to deliver 500,000 cards a month; Drexler said it is "the only qualified bidder."

Litronic to Integrate B of A Card System for E-Commerce

IRVINE, Calif. - Bank of America has selected Litronic Inc. to integrate its smart card system for business-to-business electronic commerce.The system will be compatible with the Identrus platform, a standard established by a select number of global banks to secure e-commerce worldwide.

Litronic will integrate Bank of America's smart card activities including card issuance, lifecycle management, and card use by clients. Litronic said it would customize its products to meet Identrus specifications.

"Identrus is a global effort through which Bank of America plans to deliver a standard and open solution that securely confirms a trading partner's identity and works for all members worldwide," said Marilyn Bullock, program manager at Bank of America.

Kris Shah, chief executive officer at Litronic, said, "Being a part of the Identrus system, with all it means to the future of global business e-commerce, makes our involvement even more significant."

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