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Sagem to design a new cryptophony system for the French DGA

Paris, January 4th, 2005 -- The French defense procurement agency, the DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement), has contracted Sagem to do a feasibility study and design a next generation cryptophony system. This new product will replace the ministries’ and armies’ current equipment as of 2007.

This new success reinforces Sagem’s position as a major player in the field of information and telecommunications security. (The group developed the first ciphering mobile phone in 1997.) Not only is the company the army’s sole supplier for highly secure voice-ciphering terminals, it also provides wire and satellite networks for interdepartmental and strategic communications (e.g. digital cryptophony, ciphering fax, key management system).

Sagem intends to reinforce its leadership in the fields of civil and military cryptography and information security systems.

Sagem is a major partner in other large-scale European programmes, especially in the realm of air transport security. For example, the ADP (Aéroports de Paris) selected the group to install a biometric access control system in Paris airports. Moreover, it has drawn on its renowned know-how in electronic certification to become one of the founding shareholders of KEYNECTIS. In the field of highly secure smart cards, the French government recently chose Sagem to develop the operating system (Mask) of its new Vitale™ health insurance card.

These successes, along with its renowned expertise in new technologies used to secure information systems, demonstrate the company’s strong commitment to developing products that meet the requirements of civil and military markets.


Groupe Sagem is an international high-technology group. Major league player in the world, and number one of the French mobile telephones market, Sagem is Europe’s first actor in fax machines and provider of global solutions and multi-service networks. Third largest European group in the defense and security electronics market, world leader in fingerprint biometrics as well as major actor in avionics and on-board information systems for aircraft, Sagem maintains a presence in more than 20 countries world-wide.
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