Sagem Défense Sécurité to supply Kingdom of Bahrain latest-generation Metamorpho™ biometric system

Paris – 23 May, 2007

Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) has just signed a contract with the Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of the Interior, as the prime contractor for a complete, latest-generation Metamorpho™ biometric system. This new-generation AFIS1, which is used for crime solving, will replace an existing system previously supplied by Sagem Défense Sécurité.

The biometric comparison algorithms of the new system ordered will significantly improve performance of the current system: the new generation Metamorpho™ will effectively offer better precision for fingerprint, palm-print and trace recordings, as well as enhanced performance in processing requests. The capacity of the fingerprint database and the system's daily flow will also be increased.

As part of this program, Sagem Défense Sécurité will also deliver new Livescan-type fixed and portable enrollment stations, Morpho RapID™ portable terminals for on-the-spot fingerprint controls by way of a central database accessed via a secure radio link.

This contract confirms the trust the Bahrain authorities place in Sagem Défense Sécurité's biometric systems, the company having already supplied an AFIS and Morpho RapID™ terminals to the country's Labour Market & Reform Authority at the end of 2006.

This new success highlights Sagem Défense Sécurité's know-how in the field of biometrics and its capacity to supply turnkey ID solutions to governmental organizations. Sagem Défense Sécurité's biometric ID systems are operational in more than 60 countries. This contract reinforces the company's status as the worldwide leader in fingerprint recognition systems.

1 – Automated Fingerprint Identification System

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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