Sagem Sécurité to Provide Biometric Systems for UK Visa and Resident Permit Applicants

Paris, June 19th, 2008

Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) is pleased to announce its selection by the UK Home Office to supply the biometric management system for UK visa applicants and the biometric management subsystem for the Biometric Residents Permit (BRP) project. These systems will provide the means to track the immigration status for Third Country Nationals, through the production of biometric cards.

These Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems are designed to process more than 5,200 requests per hour for a database of 16 million. These critically important elements of the overall system are paramount to the success of the project and sit at the heart of the system's biometric technology. Serving the joint unit of the UK Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the central system and subsequent additional sub systems were provided by Sagem Sécurité to plan and within budget.

"This programme is a major step in the process of managing identity and developing biometrics in the UK," said Jean-Paul Jainsky. "It confirms Sagem Sécurité's ability to deliver on short notice a complex biometric system."

As the worldwide leader in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and biometric technology integration, Sagem Sécurité has delivered more than 130 fully operational biometric and multi-biometric ID systems and solutions in 70 countries. These deliveries are compliant with the future European Union Visa Information System (EU VIS), for which Sagem Sécurité supplies the Biometric Matching System for Schengen zone countries

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Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a world leader of identification solutions, Sagem Sécurité is specialized in rights management and physical and logical access applications based on biometrics, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Integrated systems and equipment by Sagem Sécurité are used worldwide to ensure transport safety, data and personal security, and high-level governmental security. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité operates worldwide.

In the United Kingdom, Sagem Sécurité is represented by Sagem Security UK Ltd.

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