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Florida Adopts GE Security Solution to Launch Transportation Worker Credentialing System for Seaports State Wide.

GE Security deploys Identity Commander[TM] solution to Florida deepwater seaports and Tallahassee headquarters

BRADENTON, Fla. -- GE Security, Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions (NYSE:GE), today announced the state of Florida has successfully deployed GE's Identity Commander[TM] solution to all 12 deepwater seaports and its Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Tallahassee headquarters as the basis for an operational transit worker identity card system.

Identity Commander, an integrated identity and credential-management security platform, supports the production of a worker identification credential based on the federal-government-approved PIV II specifications. GE's solution delivers biometrically enabled enrollment, credential personalization and issuance capabilities. In tandem with biometric identity management from ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW), it is biometrically based in order to be compliant with anticipated federal credentialing programs. The statewide solution employs fixed and mobile card readers that have proven to be a challenge elsewhere.

"In support of the evolving federal credentialing program, GE Security's Identity Commander is already providing Florida ports with a comprehensive solution that supports and manages the issuance of smart cards," said Dean Seavers, president and CEO, GE Security. "This scalable and interoperable solution works with existing smart cards and is helping better secure Florida's ports."

GE Security was selected as the vendor of choice to manage port credentials for Florida in a bid process in 2001. The GE system was subsequently upgraded to work with either the state FUPAC or the federal TWIC, a solution that fits both federal and state guidelines.

GE Security's Identity Commander, combined with ImageWare's biometric identity management and secure credentialing technology, enables support for biometric enrollment, identification and verification, and identity proofing, as well as card management and issuance of the biometrically enabled secure FUPAC badges.

"The combination of GE Security and ImageWare technology provides the state of Florida with an end-to-end solution that enhances port security and boosts efficiency of commercial activity while complying with the principles of HSPD-12 and TWIC," said Jim Miller, ImageWare's chairman and CEO. "This project further demonstrates the usefulness of ImageWare's biometric and secure credentialing capabilities to government organizations and private enterprises."

GE Security developed Identity Commander for customers intending to implement, deploy and self-manage a FIPS 201-compliant end-to-end identity and credential management solution. Typical applications include issuance of personal identity verification (PIV) for federal employees and contractors; the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), First Responder Authentication Credential (FRAC), and Registered Traveler program credentials; as well as the Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC).

With the FUPAC system, the port authority confirms the applicant's employer-sponsorship, binds the applicant to his or her biometric record and validates the identity source documents. Fingerprints of the applicant are submitted to appropriate law enforcement agencies and, based on a background check, a decision is made whether to issue a badge. To assure conformance with federal standards once implemented, the FUPAC badge meets the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 201.

The FUPAC system allows port authorities to search biometrically and to match populations of large sizes for identify confirmation. Additionally, it helps government and law enforcement organizations support the first stage of biometric identity management functions such as identity proofing and vetting. Biometric devices and algorithms from virtually every vendor can be deployed with more than 120 devices and methods of biometric acquisition and 90 biometric algorithms supported.

Identity Commander conforms to PIV I & II Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) and the State of Florida's Uniform Port Access Credential (FUPAC) law (Florida Statute s311.125).

About GE's Security Business

GE Security, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), is a leading supplier of security and life safety technologies, with operations in more than 35 countries and $1.8 billion in annual sales. GE Security offers one of the industry's broadest product portfolios, covering explosives and narcotics detection, intrusion and access control, video surveillance, key management, and fire detection. GE Security's products are used to protect people and property across a wide range of industries, including aviation, law enforcement, banking, education, healthcare, mass transit, residential and retail.

GE Security was honored with Frost & Sullivan's 2007 Global Market Leadership Award for Container Security Devices for its CommerceGuard container security solution. For more information about GE Security and our products, please visit www.gesecurity.com.

GE Security, making the world safer.

About ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW) is a leading developer and provider of identity management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential, law enforcement and digital imaging technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, the Company's biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and algorithm independent, enabling the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. ImageWare's identification products are used to manage and issue secure credentials including national IDs, passports, driver licenses, smart cards and access control credentials. ImageWare's digital booking products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shot, fingerprint Livescan and investigative capabilities. The Company also provides comprehensive digital workflow solutions for the professional photography industry. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Washington DC and Canada. For more information visit www.iwsinc.com.
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