Sagem Sécurité ranked #1 by NIST in face and iris recognition technology

Alexandria, VA, June 10, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) has published the preliminary results of the Portal Challenge tests in its Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge (MBGC). Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) is ranked No.1 in face recognition, No.1 in iris recognition and No.1 in combined recognition for these two biometric technologies.

"I am very proud to have earned this recognition by NIST, acknowledged worldwide for the impartiality and quality of their tests," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "These results are the culmination of many years of research, and once again demonstrate our leadership and technological capabilities."

"As Sagem Sécurité's representative in North America, MorphoTrak is excited to make this top performing biometric technology available to the U.S. and Canadian governments in securing their borders," stated Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak.

The Portal Challenge tests concerned seven companies and five universities, under conditions typical of applications for border control and identity management. Sagem Sécurité is the only company to have reached this level of accuracy in all three types of biometric recognition: face, iris and a combination of the two. These results clearly bolster the company's leadership role in the personal and data security markets, and its technological advance in identity solutions.

The complete NIST report on the Portal Challenge tests is available on the NIST website.


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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. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.

For more information:
www.sagem-securite.com [www.safran-group.com->http://www.safran-group.com]

About MorphoTrak
MorphoTrak Inc., a subsidiary of SAFRAN USA, provides biometric and identity management solutions to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Formed from the merger of Sagem Morpho, Inc and Motorola's biometric division, Printrak, MorphoTrak's markets include law enforcement, border control, civil identification, facility/IT security and access control. MorphoTrak and its global parent -- Sagem Sécurité -- are leading innovators in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as identification technologies such as smart cards, secure travel documents, e-passports, and drivers' licenses. MorphoTrak employs over 450 persons, with headquarters near Washington D.C., major corporate facilities in Anaheim, CA and Tacoma, WA, and regional facilities throughout the U.S.

For more information: www.morphotrak.com

Sagem Sécurité
Caroline COUDERT
Tel: +33 1 58 11 19 47
Mail: caroline.coudert@sagem.com

MorphoTrak
Eve FILLON
Tel: +1 103 797-2666
Mail: eve.fillon@morphotrak.com