Morpho to provide long term SmartGate Services for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Paris, October 26, 2011

Morpho (Safran group) announced today that it has signed a five year agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to maintain their automated border clearance system, known as "SmartGate".

This important phase strengthens the long term partnership between the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Morpho. This partnership is focused on automation of border clearance processing and is representative of Morpho's increased focus on service based solutions.

SmartGate carries out biometric identification of eligible ePassport holders. Travellers are identified in real-time using facial recognition technology, and that image is then compared to the digital image stored in the chip of their electronic passport. The system has been recognised as a key tool for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service as it not only simplifies the control process but it does so without compromising border security.

"Moving to the new services model is part of Customs and Border Protection's long term plan and strategy for the delivery of cost effective and highly secure border processing. The maintenance and enhancement of proven services such as SmartGate, provide Customs and Border Protection with necessary capability and capacity to cope with growing passenger numbers through Australian airports and to streamline the travel of legitimate passengers" said Robyn Miller, National Manager – Business Capability Branch from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

"The implementation of SmartGate has been received very positively and we are proud that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is continuing the partnership with Morpho to service this important facility," said Tim Ferris, General Manager of Sales for Morpho's local subsidiary, Morpho Australasia.

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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 (0) 1 58 11 89 62
nathalie.jullien@morpho.com

Christelle KINKEAD
Tel +33 (0)1 58 11 87 44
christelle.kinkead@morpho.com