Over 20 million smart card-based driver’s licenses and registration certificates issued by Morpho’s Indian subsidiary Smart Chip

New Delhi, March 8, 2011 - The Indian subsidiary of Morpho (Safran Group), Smart Chip Limited, is the first company to have issued more than 20 million smart card-based electronic driver's licenses and electronic registration certificates in India.

In India, Morpho is the leading supplier of comprehensive end-to-end solutions in the transport segment and has successfully implemented and executed driver's license and vehicle registration card projects in various Indian states. This constitutes one of the most successful implementations of smart card technology in the e-Governance space.

Innovative and citizen-centric services such as online fee/tax payment systems, smart card-based registration certificates and driver's licenses, web-based information systems, real-time reports, tax intelligence systems and check post management systems are the smart dimensions offered in such projects. These projects have empowered state transport departments and provided them with unique benefits of smart governance by delivering transparency, effectiveness and efficiency.

"It gives me immense pleasure and a great sense of pride to have reached the milestone of issuing 20 million smart cards in the transport segment in India. From our very first implementation of this technology in Gujarat State, we have continued to invest in this sector and work together continuously with the state transport authorities to enhance the success of this e-governance initiative, which is already one of the most successful implementations of smart card technology in India," commented Mr. Sanjeev Shriya, Vice President Asia Pacific at Morpho, and Managing Director of Smart Chip. "It is clear that beyond a strong product offering, our historical presence in this domain and a state-of-the-art service delivery framework are key competitive advantages and contributors to achieving this landmark."

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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.

Through its e-Documents Division, Morpho is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. It develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. The Division's portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the benefit of consumers and providers in the telecommunications, health, identification and banking areas.

Smart Chip Limited is a subsidiary of Morpho and was formed in 1996 to offer solutions around smart cards to customers in the Health & ID and Banking business sectors. Smart Chip is headquartered in Delhi NCR, India, and has 48 offices and more than 900 employees across 23 states. Smart Chip is the industry leader in the business of providing digital identity and security solutions and delivers integrated end-to-end business and e-governance solutions using smart cards. Smart Chip operates in over 150 districts of India and has delivered over 32 million smart cards for a variety of applications.

For more information: www.morpho.com/e-documents - www.safran-group.com

e-Documents Division
Mareike Blumentrath
Phone: +49 (0) 52 51/ 8 89 – 1216
Mobile: +49 (0) 162/ 200 77 61
mareike.blumentrath@morpho.com

Smart Chip Limited
Harima BAJAJ
Phone: +91 120 4072 600
Mobile: +91 9873915462
harima.bajaj@smartchiponline.com