New Harmony Biometric Switch Schneider Electric and Sagem Sécurité develop a new security solution for industrial environments

Paris, April 15, 2009

Schneider Electric, world leader in control and signalling components, and Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN group), world leader in biometric identification solutions, combine their expertise to create a new security solution for industrial environments: the Harmony Biometric Switch.

Particularly innovative and perfectly suited to the needs and stipulations of the industrial market, the Harmony Biometric Switch provides optimum access control to systems and equipment.

The biometrics integrated in the "Harmony" key switch combine user-friendliness (no key, badge or password that can be lost, forgotten, stolen or copied) with a high level of protection (uniqueness of access using fingerprint recognition). It offers the industrial sector increased productivity by reducing maintenance and operating costs of the system and, at the same time, prevents unauthorised operation.

Autonomy and simplicity

Designed to operate fully independently, without an additional interface (PC), the Harmony Biometric Switch is simple to set-up since both its parametering and enrolment functions are quick, intuitive and directly performed on the sensor. Regarding installation, its compactness enables it to be easily integrated in a control panel due to its compliance to the standard diameter 22mm cut-out mounting method.

Innovative technology

Sagem Securité, world leader in biometrics and major provider for identification systems throughout the world, has developed the biometric sensor. Originating from a compact biometric module of the CBM MorphoSmartTM range, it will ensure the highest level of security and reliability possible. This fingerprint recognition sensor uses the optical technology mastered by Sagem Sécurité and provides the Harmony Biometric Switch with an excellent image quality as well as robustness, which is essential in an industrial environment.

Mechanical and electronic integration, together with the dialogue method, have been developed by Schneider Electric, a market reference for control and signalling components and Man-Machine Dialogue.

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About Sagem Sécurité
Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) is a high-technology company. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity solutions, Sagem Sécurité focuses on applications including personal rights and flow management, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, secure terminals and smart cards. Its integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and states.
Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.

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

About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, offers integrated solutions making energy safer, more reliable, efficient and productive in the energy & infrastructure, industry, data centres & networks, buildings and residential markets. With sales of 17.3 billion euro in 2007, the company's 120, 000 employees in 102 countries help individuals & organisations make the most of their energy.

For further information: www.schneider-electric.com

Press Contact
Sagem Sécurité
Caroline Coudert

Tel: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 47
Email: caroline.coudert@sagem.com