Morpho Service Center facility opened in Australia

Sydney, January 19, 2012

Morpho (Safran group) announced that it has opened its new Morpho Service Center in Canberra, Australia. The center was opened by Doug Smith, Chief Executive Officer, CrimTrac, and by His Excellency the French Ambassador to Australia, Stéphane Romatet, and attended by His Excellency the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Martyn Dunne.

This center is designed to underpin the new managed services approach that Morpho is delivering to Australia. In particular it is one of the key pillars of the recently signed support agreement with CrimTrac to provide managed services for Australia's national fingerprint system.

Initially the facility will be used to support the NAFIS (National Automated Fingerprint Identification System) in Canberra where Morpho is providing an ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)*  aligned 24x7 service capability across the full NAFIS system and covers the provision of nationwide workstation support, test systems and training for CrimTrac staff.

"The delivery of NAFIS remains an ongoing priority for law enforcement in Australia" said Mr Doug Smith, Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac. "Operational police throughout Australia rely on this real time matching capability for positive identification".

"The implementation of this new service model is a key development for Morpho and shows not only our strength in security but our commitment to the delivery of low risk, high value outcomes for clients." said Bruno Pattyn, Managing Director for Morpho Australasia.

This facility will also be a key part of Morpho's approach to delivering secure services for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Smartgate), Australian Federal Police and other key agencies.

*CrimTrac: The national information-sharing service for Australia's police, law enforcement and national security agencies.

**ITIL:  A set of good practices and standards for IT service management.

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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