Morpho announces the world’s first certified biometric-based signature smart card

London, Biometrics Exhibition and Conference, October 19, 2010

Morpho (Safran group) is proud to announce that, for the first time anywhere in the world, people will be able to use their fingers to sign electronic documents with the same legally binding status as with a handwritten signature.

The "Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d'information" (ANSSI*) announced the EAL5+ Common Criteria certification of Morpho's IDeal CitizTM smart card. This makes it the first "Secure Signature Creation Device" as required by the 1999/93/EC Directive of the European Parliament and the Council, on fingerprint biometrics for strong user authentication in legal digital signatures. IDeal CitizTM meets identification needs in both government and private markets. It enables citizens to safely connect to paperless government e-services "at the touch of a fingertip," replacing the 6-digit personal identification codes that are easily lost or forgotten.

Morpho's unique Match-on-Card (MoC) now makes "instant" and non-repudiable signatures possible, with the strictest regulatory compliance across Europe.

Come see us at Biometrics 2010:
October 20 – 21
Stand 406
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
London, UK