Chile's civil registry has declared IT systems integrator Sonda's bid inadmissible in a tender to modernize the country's national ID card and passport systems, local press reported.
Through a resolution, the registry said that Sonda's lack of experience in the field was one of the main factors behind the disqualification. According to press reports, Sonda has no previous experience in contracts related to personalization of ID documents and electronic passports or facial recognition.
In July 2010, Spanish IT firm Indra was chosen but later disqualified for the tender because it failed to submit the required guarantee on time to be eligible for the US$385mn contract. In June 2011, the public procurement tribunal determined that the original tender won by Indra was "illegal and arbitrary." And the following month, the court allowed preliminary bidders Sice Agencia Chile, Bundesdruckerei GMBH, Sonda and Sagem Sécurité (now called Morpho) to take part in the new tender.
The tender process is expected to continue with its original schedule, and the evaluation of the bidders is slated to finish by October 13.