Morpho to help revamp Mauritania’s ID document system

Paris, September 6, 2010

Morpho (Safran group) has signed a contract with the Mauritanian Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization to implement a program for the production of secure national identification documents. This project is one of the key components in the country's "National Digital Confidence Framework" program, and will foster even more effective management of Mauritania's public records, while also bolstering security within the country and at its borders.

Morpho will guarantee the secure issuance of ID documents for both citizens and residents, including multi-application ID cards, polycarbonate data page passports, residence cards and driver licenses. For this, Morpho will use the latest version of its well-known multibiometric recognition system, combining fingerprint and facial recognition technologies.

This latest-generation program also incorporates "Mauritania Visit", a border control system that will help manage passenger flows (issuance and control of biometric visas), as well as a fingerprint recognition system to support the fight against terrorism and criminality.

"It is a great honor for Morpho to support Mauritania's advanced initiative to revamp its national ID document system," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho. "This custom-tailored project also is an excellent reference for us at Morpho, since it involves one of the first totally integrated systems of this type, combining citizen identification, production of ID documents and secure border control."

Biometric registration operations will start on November 28, 2010, the 50th anniversary of Mauritania's independence.

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About Morpho
Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.

For more information: www.morpho.com - www.safran-group.com

Nathalie Jullien
Tel: +33 1 58 11 89 62
nathalie.jullien@morpho.com