Congressman Mike Honda Visits Morpho Detection’s Headquarters in Newark, California

Production, R&D facility for advanced explosives detection systems to protect global air travel

Newark, Calif. – May 2, 2013

Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, Inc., today welcomed Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) at the Morpho Detection offices in Newark, California.

Employing more than 200 people in Newark, Morpho Detection's Bay-area offices and manufacturing facility houses the Morpho Computed Tomography (CT) Center of Excellence research and development lab. As a result, some of the most widely deployed CT-based solutions used globally to screen checked baggage for dangerous explosives and other threats are developed and manufactured in Newark, among them Morpho Detection's CTX™ automated explosives detection systems (EDS).

"Morpho Detection thanks Congressman Honda for being here today and his long-standing support of local businesses," said Brad Buswell, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "Morpho Detection has been developing advanced explosives detection solutions in Newark for more than 20 years. We look forward to continuing our work with Congressman Honda to ensure our district remains a global hub for innovation and technology."

As part of his visit, Rep. Honda met with employees and viewed the production area of the CTX line of EDS. The most widely deployed in the world, with nearly 2,000 units assembled, Morpho Detection's CTX EDS screens checked baggage at the busiest airports in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Commenting on his visit, Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17) said: "As a member of the House Appropriations Committee and my own Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security, I know firsthand both the fiscal challenges we face as a nation and the importance of investing in advanced technology to ensure the safety of the traveling public in the future. Silicon Valley has long been a global hub for innovation in a variety of markets – allowing businesses to be more efficient and creating jobs that sustain communities. I have enjoyed learning more about technologies like those Morpho Detection manufactures and that can allow us to approach safety more intelligently and cost effectively."

A global leader in hold baggage explosives detection systems (EDS) and explosives trace detectors (ETD), Morpho Detection's solutions are currently deployed at airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, military installations, critical infrastructure and secure locations around the world.

For more information on Morpho's detection products, visit www.morpho.com/detection.

About Morpho
Morpho, a high-technology company of Safran, 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.

About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, Safran's (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.

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