Sagem Sécurité identity solutions chosen by Côte d’Ivoire

Montrouge, May 27th, 2008

Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) announced today that it has been chosen by the Côte d'Ivoire, in international competitive bidding, to supply systems and manage population and voter registration operations in the country. These operations will be carried out in conjunction with the National Institute of Statistics (INS) and the Independent Electoral Board (CEI). 6,000 Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) stations at 11,000 sites, will update the register of all citizens and voting lists. Sagem Sécurité will then issue 11 million high-security ID smart cards (including a chip), and 9 million voter cards.

"Our expertise in biometric identification systems and data security is recognized around the world, and we are also very experienced in managing large-scale projects of this type," noted Jean-Paul Jainsky, chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "We will be providing proven technical resources, as well as the human resources needed to handle project execution, technology transfer and ensuring the long-term viability of our systems."

Patrick Lodola, director of the Identification Solutions program, added: "Sagem Sécurité is a pioneer in the design and development of large-scale ID programs based on fingerprints. We are the only prime contractor in this field with expertise in all the areas needed to produce a complete identification system, including smart cards, terminals, encryption and biometrics. Our biometric ID solutions call on advanced algorithms, which have been shown to be the most reliable and interoperable on the market, according to leading certification authorities."

A recognized expert in biometrics and world leader in automatic fingerprint identification systems, Sagem Sécurité have already produced 100,000 biometric sensors and issued 100 million biometric identity documents in 70 countries. To date, 400 million persons have been registered using Sagem Sécurité technologies.

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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