Sagem Sécurité chosen to coordinate European Union biometrics and cryptography research project

Montrouge, March 28, 2008

Sagem Sécurité, a SAFRAN Group company, announced today that it has been chosen to coordinate the European research project TURBINE (TrUsted Revocable Biometric IdeNtitiEs) within the scope of the European Union's 7th Research & Development Framework Program. Lasting three years, this project aims to develop advanced digital identity solutions, combining automatic fingerprint recognition and innovative cryptographic techniques.

Research efforts will focus on burying secret information inside a description of fingerprints, so that the secret can only be revealed by the person with the fingerprints. Calling on state-of-the-art cryptographic techniques, this research could lead to fundamental changes in the protection of personal data based on fingerprints. For example, it would be possible to design biometric personal data files, which could only be accessed with the explicit authorization of the owner of this private data.

"This research harbors the promise of creating a disruptive technology for information system protection based on biometric technologies," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "The consortium we are leading has both the international breadth and multidisciplinary expertise needed to rise to this challenge."

The TURBINE consortium comprises major players in this sector, including Philips Research Europe, Sagem Orga, Precise Biometrics in Sweden, Cryptolog and ARTTIC in France and 3D-GAA in Greece, as well as the research labs K.U. Leuven in Belgium and Gjovik University College in Norway.

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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.
For further information: www.sagem-securite.com, www.safran-group.com

Sagem Sécurité
Nathalie Jullien
Phone: +33 (0)1 58 11 89 62
Email : nathalie.jullien@sagem.com