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Cross Match Technologies Delivers First Single Finger Scanner Worldwide to Be Certified for Germany's E-Passport Program.

Cross Match L SCAN 100 Becomes the First Single Finger Scanner to Deliver 500 ppi Image Resolution

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., & JENA, Germany -- Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions, today announced that its L SCAN 100 has become the first single finger scanner to meet the image quality requirements set forth by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for the country's e-passport program, which calls for 22,000 units to be deployed by November 1, 2007.

The German e-passport program requires that devices have 500 pixels per inch (PPI) definition, similar to the FBI's Appendix F Certification, in order to ensure that fingerprints taken during enrollment comply with the widely accepted image quality specifications. Because single finger scanners are primarily used in access control systems, meeting the image quality requirements with a single finger scanner further demonstrates Cross Match's position at the forefront of the industry.

"Cross Match has been the first to meet many of the requirements surrounding U.S. initiatives, and with Germany's e-passport program we continue to position ourselves as leaders with our innovative solutions," said Gerhart Ernst, managing director of Cross Match Technologies GmbH, the international headquarters of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. "Meeting the 500 ppi requirements with a single finger scanner is a big step for biometrics and the international need for smaller, more mobile devices that capture high quality images."

Cross Match's L SCAN 100 was approved for the e-passport program by BSI following a third-party evaluation by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF) in Jena, Germany. The certification process was conducted entirely by the IOF using its own hands-on testing methods and a sample scanner provided by Cross Match, rather than using pre-collected data.

Additionally, Cross Match is pleased to have successfully used the L SCAN 100 for large-scale voter registration programs in Africa, which also call for high quality fingerprint scanners.

About Cross Match Technologies

Cross Match Technologies Inc. is a leading global provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions. The company's offerings consist of a range of products, which are used to capture and process the unique physiological characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identity, such as fingerprint and palm scan devices, document readers and access control systems, proprietary enterprise and application software, and services. Cross Match's products are used to conduct criminal bookings, perform background checks for job applicants, verify identities at borders and other checkpoints, register citizens for driver's license and national identification programs, prevent identity fraud in large-scale government and civil identification programs, and control access to office buildings, government facilities and other secure areas. Serving a broad range of vertical markets including national and US federal government, state and local government, law enforcement, transportation, financial services, education, healthcare and commercial, Cross Match has more than 5,000 customers worldwide, with application and solution installations in more than 50 countries.

More information on Cross Match can be accessed via the company website at www.crossmatch.com.
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