Sagem Sécurité’s “Finger on the Fly” technology in the spotlight at Biometrics 2009

Paris, October 30, 2009

Sagem Sécurité (Safran group) made headlines at Biometrics 2009, the leading European trade show and exhibition dedicated to biometrics, by unveiling its new "Finger on the Fly" technology that reads fingerprints on a moving hand - "on the fly".

For the first time, a contactless biometric recognition technology can capture and process the fingerprints from four fingers on a hand in movement, in just a few seconds.

Well suited to current requirements, this technology enhances security and speeds up flows in crowded areas, such as airports. It can also be used as the basis for a more user-friendly identification system, involving fewer restrictions for users.

"After our "Face on the Fly" facial recognition technology that won the 2009 Innovation Prize*, Sagem Sécurité has once again come up with a major technology breakthrough," said Bernard Didier, executive vice president for engineering and strategy at Sagem Sécurité. "We were very agreeably surprised by the keen interest shown by the many visitors during our demonstration at Biometrics 2009. This performance clearly reflects the advanced expertise of our research labs, and once again confirms our pioneering role in the global biometrics industry."

Capitalizing on its heavy investment in research & development, Sagem Sécurité continues to affirm its lead role in the development of even faster, more innovative and reliable techniques to ensure the security of both people and goods.

* The 2009 Innovation Prize was awarded on May 25 by the Haut Comité Français pour la Défense Civile (HCFDC), a government civil defense committee. It recognizes a "technological innovation that enhances security and personal protection in the face of a major threat or risk."

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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.

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

Sagem Sécurité
Caroline Coudert
Adjointe Relations Presse et Médias
Tel : + 33 1 58 11 19 47
Email : caroline.coudert@sagem.com