Lawsuit halts Viisage drivers license project

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, September 1, 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.

Now a $20 million project by Littleton, Mass.-based Viisage Technology to upgrade the states’ 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 drivers 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, unidentified company.