Sagem Défense Sécurité provides Kingdom of Bahrain with biometric AFIS

Paris – February 12, 2007

Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) was chosen by the Kingdom of Bahrain's Economic Development Board to provide the country with a turnkey Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

This new system will allow the government to enrol resident workers upon arrival in the country in order to issue them in a one-step process a residency and work permit all on one card, thus lightening the administrative workload.
The program is part of the kingdom's job market reform, which aims to reduce the number of illegal workers.

As part of the contract, Sagem Défense Sécurité provides the following:

- An Automated Fingerprint Identification System
- A main control center
- A back-up center
- Acquisition stations to record data from resident workers upon arrival

Sagem Défense Sécurité also provides the portable Morpho RapID™ terminals that enables the Labour Market and Reform Authorities(LMRA) in charge of the program to identify illegal workers. Morpho RapID™'s fingerprint sensor and secure wireless connection will ensure real-time authentication of card holders.

This new contract highlights Sagem Défense Sécurité's know-how in biometrics and its ability to provide turnkey ID solutions to governmental organizations. Sagem Défense Sécurité's biometric ID systems are already operational in more than 60 countries. This contract enables the company to reinforce its position as worldwide leader in fingerprint recognition systems.

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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: www.sagem-ds.com

Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Press manager
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
email : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com