Immigration and Naturalization Service to issue new fraud-resistant ID cards using Sandia Imaging Systems’ high speed production PVC plastic card printers; project includes up to $14 million of Sandia’s PVC card printers, consumables and services

Immigration and Naturalization Service to issue new fraud-resistant ID cards using Sandia Imaging Systems’ high speed production PVC plastic card printers; project includes up to $14 million of Sandia’s PVC card printers, consumables and services

CARROLLTON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 24, 1995–Sandia Imaging Systems Corp. (SIS), a majority-owned subsidiary of Lasertechnics Inc. (NASDAQ:LASX), today announced that it has been selected to supply its PVC plastic card printers for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) program to issue new highly secure identification cards to the nation’s legal aliens during the next three years.

Sandia said the company may sell up to $14 million of its 7R Multistation printers and related support materials, such as printing ribbons, print heads and professional services, in the project. Some of the other contract partners joining Sandia in this prestigious project are Information Spectrum Inc. (prime contractor), AT&T, Gateway 2000 and Lau Technologies.

In its announcement, the INS said that it is “taking a critical step forward in deterring document fraud and upgrading document processing…” as part of “a contract valued up to $275 million with Information Spectrum Inc. of Annandale, Va. to purchase new card production technology.”

The first card to be produced by the new technology is the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), issued to aliens who are not legal permanent residents but who have been granted temporary permission to work in the United States.

“In the past, a decentralized, labor-intensive card production system made our documents somewhat inconsistent and vulnerable to counterfeiting,” said INS Deputy Commissioner Chris Sale in an INS statement issued last week. “Now we will use technology to improve the integrity of our documents while enhancing production efficiency. This contract is vital to our efforts in combating the widespread use of fraudulent documents. The new generation of cards will ‘raise the ante’ significantly for counterfeiters.”

The new equipment, termed the Integrated Card Production System (ICPS), will produce more durable, tamper-resistant, credit card-like documents with security features that are not readily observable. It also will provide INS the capability to progressively expand security features by incorporating new technologies as needed – thereby making the cards increasingly more difficult to counterfeit.

Jean Pierre Arnaudo, Sandia’s president and chief executive officer, said, “The INS cards will set the new standard in card security. We are proud to be part of the team. Sandia’s highly secure, cost efficient, fraud resistant card dye sublimation printers are unsurpassed in the secure card industry.”

Jim Padalino, vice president, sales and marketing of Sandia, said, “The INS contract validates Sandia Imaging Systems as a viable contender in the high volume, high speed, PVC card production market. Sandia’s Multistation technology leapfrogs the market’s current technology with its modular design, on-board intelligent print modules and unique economic ribbon consumption process. Sandia is targeting specialized markets for its Multistation printers, such as national ID programs, national and state entitlement programs, voter’s IDs, driver’s licenses and other high volume programs.”

Sandia markets the largest selection of plastic card printers for the identification marketplace. For example, the Sandia Model 7R dye sublimation printers, which will be utilized in the program, have seven print heads, three printing full color photos and text, another adding a fraud-resistant hologram and a fifth adding a protective overlay. The card is then automatically flipped and a sixth print head prints single color text on the reverse side of the card, while a seventh print head adds a protective overlay to the back side of the card. All of Sandia’s printer models can also be upgraded to print DataGlyphs(TM), the proprietary data-encoding technology Sandia exclusively licenses for wallet-sized plastic credit and ID-type cards from Xerox Corp. DataGlyphs securely and unobtrusively embed from 2,000 to 3,000 bytes of encrypted text, signatures, fingerprints or photographs on a single side of a wallet-size plastic card.

Sandia, based in Carrollton, designs, produces and markets products that print, enhance, store and transmit photo-quality digitized images for customers in specialized markets. Sandia has offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sandia’s parent, Lasertechnics Inc., was founded in 1981 and is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It has regional sales offices throughout the U.S. and distribution outlets worldwide. Lasertechnics’ marking subsidiary provides laser marking systems and related technologies for a diverse range of industrial and commercial markets.

CONTACT: Sandia Imaging Systems Corp.

Jim Padalino, 214/407-6080

or

Dobson Communications

Brian Dobson, 203/321-1260

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