Sagem Sécurité chosen by IBM to support United Kingdom’s National Identity Assurance Service (NIAS)

Paris, 07 October 2009

Sagem Sécurité (Safran group) has signed a contract with IBM to supply and maintain a biometric management solution for British travel and identity documents, on behalf of the British Home Office's Identity and Passport Service (IPS). The project is a core element of the Government's plans to upgrade to biometric passports and enhance the security of the UK border.

Sagem Sécurité will provide multibiometric facial and fingerprint recognition technology that was assessed for speed, accuracy and cost in competitive trials developed and run by IBM, using in excess of 10 million images. The technology will enable IBM to help IPS and the UK Border Agency to deliver the next generation of secure and reliable identity documents to British citizens, residents and people requesting asylum, while minimising the risk of fraud.

"Sagem Sécurité is extending its role as an identity management leader in the United Kingdom, through our local subsidiary, Sagem Security UK," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "We already successfully provide biometric management services for visas, Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals and cards for people requesting asylum in the UK, on behalf of the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA)."

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About Sagem Sécurité
Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the Safran Group. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity systems, 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.

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

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

Sagem Sécurité
Nathalie JULLIEN
Tel: +33 1 58 11 89 62
Email: nathalie.jullien@sagem.com

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