Sagem Sécurité to provide Interpol and its 186 member states with latest AFIS, Automated Fingerprint Identification System
Paris, February 4th, 2008
Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) and Interpol announced today that Sagem Sécurité will supply Interpol and its 186 member states with the latest version of its automated fingerprint identification system, MetaMorpho™.
Today's announcement is part of a detailed agreement signed on Jan.10.
"More highly automated searches give the end-user more control over the process," explained Mark Branchflower, head of the fingerprint unit at Interpol. "This means that each national office will be able to develop its own work process, signaling real progress for Interpol and its member-states."
According to Jean Michel Louboutin, executive director of police services at Interpol, "Fingerprint identification is the process the most widely used by police forces around the world. Interpol must ensure that these forces are using the latest technologies to identify terrorists and criminals."
"We are both proud and honored to have signed this exemplary partnership agreement with Interpol," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "It gives Interpol and each of its 186 member-states direct access to state-of-the-art identification technologies. It also reflects our close collaboration and long-standing privileged relationship with Interpol."
The advanced technology offered by Sagem Sécurité played a decisive role in Interpol's choice, because it sets the global standard in fingerprint recognition. With this latest contract, Sagem Sécurité confirms its world leadership in fingerprint ID systems, and its top-tier role in biometric ID systems.
*INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization, with 186 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.
Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. Among the leading European security systems companies, it is present in four main areas: biometric systems, where it is the worldwide leader in fingerprint-based biometrics; secure terminals for access control, payments and gaming; road safety equipment and smart cards.
Its products and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure transport safety, data and personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.
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