Laurent Fabius pays a visit to one of Morpho’s main R&D centers

01-21-2013 - On Wednesday January 9, 2012, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, visited Morpho’s Osny site located just outside Paris. He used the visit to remind everyone that he is 100% behind French companies at the forefront of innovation.

Laurent Fabius spent over an hour finding out more about one of the world’s leading centers of excellence, specialized in identification and detection technology. The French minister was welcomed by Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran Chairman and CEO, Philippe Petitcolin, President for Defense and Security at Safran, Jean-Paul Jainsky, Morpho Chairman & CEO and Patrick Samier, Executive Vice President of Morpho, and then rounded off his visit by a videoconference with Morpho’s Aadhaar project teams in India. "Safran’s India deal opens up a market of 1.3 billion inhabitants," stated Laurent Fabius. "We French are extremely proud of creating a company like this one – it’s the perfect image of success, just as we imagined it."

With around 7,600 employees in over 40 countries, Morpho is focusing increasingly on the international stage, the primary source of its revenues (95%). "Morpho is a shining example of success in economic diplomacy," underlined the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. The company does an excellent job of harnessing the French diplomatic support network for companies. This is a definite plus for developing the Group’s businesses worldwide. "As for the contract we signed in Kenya in late 2012, France played a key role in sealing the deal, despite stiff competition," said Olivier Lafaye, SVP, Sales Development. Morpho acted fast to provide Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission with 15,000 BVR kits for registering 20 million voters in the run-up to the elections on March 4, 2013.

Technological prowess
Innovation is the polestar at the Osny site, which employs 650 people (83% of whom are engineers). The visit provided an opportunity to showcase Morpho’s latest technological developments in electronic documents, detection and identification (automatic recognition technology using digital fingerprints, biometric recognition systems including PARAFE and MorphoWay automated e-gates for border control). The French Minister for Foreign Affairs spent some of the time in the R&T laboratories, where he was shown the Finger on the fly technology for taking digital fingerprints without any physical contact . Perhaps less dramatic, yet just as important, is algorithm design, which also takes place here. These are intended for managing and comparing data in biometric databases. Morpho’s technology is used by countless organizations worldwide, including Interpol and the New York Police Department.