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SAGEM MORPHO Completes Successful AFIS Project for UK AFR Consortium.

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TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2002

SAGEM MORPHO, Inc., a leader in biometric identification technology, announced the successful completion of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) project for the United Kingdom, AFR Consortium.

The 20th of February 2002 marked an historic event in the world of Automatic Fingerprint Recognition (AFIS) technology. Representatives of the former United Kingdom (UK) AFR Consortium, representing 32 Police Forces in England and Wales, and Sagem SA, the world leader in automatic fingerprint recognition technology, met in Paris to sign an agreement which concluded ten years of successful partnership in the field of international networked AFR service provision, to the AFR Consortium Police Forces and a number of other countries.

The project, which was bold and innovative in concept, commenced in 1991 and pushed the boundaries of the technology in to the next generation. It was the brainchild of the late Sir John Hoodinott, CBE., QPM, MA (Cantab). He had the foresight to recognize the implications for the use of this technology to address immediate policing problems in the UK and elsewhere. The joint endeavor between AFRC and Sagem SA had a significant part to play in the development of the new technology and 150,000 criminal identifications, from fingerprints at scenes of crimes, resulted from the service provision.

In concluding the arrangement Patrick Pitt, the Consortium Operations Manager, stated, "as a result of this successful project, which always delivered on time and concluded significantly under budget, large numbers of criminals have, in the public interest, been brought to justice, many for the most serious of offenses. Sagem's contribution to policing and public safety has been immeasurable."

Jean Paul Thierry responding on behalf of Sagem SA stated "Sagem is proud to have provided the Technology and Services that allowed the AFR Consortium to make a major contribution to significant improvements in Public Safety".

Sagem SA has 3 successful automatic fingerprint recognition systems operating in the United Kingdom including Scotland, and UK Immigration. The AFR Consortium project team wishes Sagem SA well in their endeavors to bring the very latest technology to the Police forces in England and Wales.

About SAGEM MORPHO

SAGEM MORPHO has been a leading provider of biometric technology for more than 20 years as a wholly owned subsidiary of SAGEM SA, a large high technology firm headquartered in Paris, France. Biometric identification solutions have been developed using SAGEM MORPHO's technology for organizations such as the FBI, Interpol, the New Jersey State Police, the New York Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, the Texas Department of Human Services and law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, to mention just a few.

Though best known for providing finger-imaging systems in civil and forensic applications, SAGEM MORPHO has also been very successful in marketing commercial biometric products. Such products include access control and security in government offices and commercial facilities (e.g., airports); government issued ID cards; fixed and mobile border control identification; as well as other tailored identity verification solutions.
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