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Sagem Défense Sécurité's biometric equipment certified by US government

Paris – March 13, 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) has just obtained from the US government’s General Service Administration (GSA) the FIPS 201(1) certification for its biometric (fingerprint) access control terminal, MorphoAccess 120W™ (MA 120W™).

The MA 120W™, which can be used alone or in a network, meets US standards for security and interoperability with existing access control systems. It is the first certified biometric physical access control terminal capable of reading a Personal Identity Verfication (PIV) card’s data.

The US’s PIV program provides for 15 million biometric access cards for all federal government personnel and their subcontractors. These cards will enable holders to access buildings and computers.

This certification is a key step for the MA 120W™ in the American market, as it can now be added to the US government’s equipment catalogues. In addition to other Sagem Défense Sécurité Morpho equipment, the MA 120W™ is now on the GSA’s reference list, as required by the Department of Homeland Security. In particular, this certification was obtained by the MorphoSmart™ fingerprint sensor and Morphokit™, software for biometric recognition algorithms.

These results consolidate Sagem Défense Sécurité’s position in biometric access control markets for government applications in the US and worldwide. The certification demonstrates once again the company’s technological expertise in biometric solutions. As a worldwide leader in AFIS2, Sagem Défense Sécurité equips more than 60 countries with biometric or multibiometric ID solutions.

(1) The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 sets the standard for the performance of terminals, biometric algorithms, fingerprint sensors and biometric cards.
(2) Automated Fingerprint Identification System


About Sagem Défense Sécurité :

Sagem Défense Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields: navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control; optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics; and the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.

Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.

For further information:

Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Press manager
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
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