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Sagem Orga and MorphoTrak Approved as Official Source for PIV Products for the U.S. Government

(PresseBox) (Paderborn / Alexandria, Virginia, ) Sagem Orga and MorphoTrak (both SAFRAN Group) announce the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS 201) approval of solutions for the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Program.

The General Services Administration (GSA)-approved products include smart cards and readers that satisfy security standards of the U.S. Government PIV program. With the GSA certification, Sagem Orga and MorphoTrak are now an official source of PIV smart cards, PIV logical and physical access readers, as well as template generator and matcher for federal agencies and other organizations required to adhere to the FIPS 201 standard.

The purpose of the PIV card is to ensure a high-level of security for access to U.S. Federal Government buildings, servers and software applications. Sagem Orga's PIV cards may be purchased by federal agencies to comply with the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) to issue a secure, interoperable smart card containing biometric data, cryptographic keys and personally identifiable information about the cardholder.

"The implementation of the PIV card provides a secure method of validating the cardholder's identity while protecting privacy. It replaces less secure badges and reduces the risk of security breaches while protecting assets and providing government employees with a secure network login and controlled access to federal buildings," explains Didier Sérodon, Chief Technology Officer at Sagem Orga.

The combined offerings of Sagem Orga and MorphoTrak provide the US Federal Government with core technology to meet the HSPD 12 requirements and make them leaders among HSPD 12 solution providers.

See http://fips201ep.cio.gov/apl.php for the GSA Approved Products List.

MorphoTrak

MorphoTrak Inc., a subsidiary of SAFRAN USA, provides biometric and identity management solutions to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Formed from the merger of Sagem Morpho, Inc and Motorola's biometric division, Printrak, MorphoTrak's markets include law enforcement, border control, civil identification, facility/IT security and access control. MorphoTrak and its global parent -- Sagem Sécurité -- are leading innovators in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as identification technologies such as smart cards, secure travel documents, e-passports, and drivers' licenses. MorphoTrak employs over 450 persons, with headquarters near Washington D.C., major corporate facilities in Anaheim, CA and Tacoma, WA, and regional facilities throughout the U.S.

www.morphotrak.com

Morpho Cards

Sagem Orga is a global leader in the smart card industry. Its portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the telecommunications, health, identification and banking sectors. As a subsidiary of Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group), the world's No. 1 in identification, Sagem Orga offers comprehensive integrated solutions designed to secure the digital and mobile community. The company has a workforce of over 2,100 people around the world and production facilities incorporating the latest technology in Germany, Brazil, Russia, Mexico and India.

www.sagem-orga.com