Lawsuit halts Viisage driver’s license project

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, August 14, 2003

August 14, 2003

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A superior court judge has issued a stop work order on the state’s new drivers license program after the company that was not awarded the contract was granted a preliminary injunction by the judge.

Now a $20 million project by Littleton, Mass.-based Viisage Technology to upgrade the state’s drivers license is on hold until Digimarc ID Systems can take the state to court. The state planned to begin rolling out the new tamper-resistant driver's licenses in select markets in August.

In its lawsuit, Digimarc claims the state selected Viisage based on price and ignored its "best value" procedure. Viisage’s proposed price per license was 65 percent lower than bids by Digimarc and a third company.