Sagem Securite (Safran group) has signed a contract with IBM to supply and maintain a biometric management solution for United Kingdom's National Identity Assurance Service (NIAS) dealing with travel and identity documents, on behalf of the British Home Office's Identity and Passport Service (IPS). The project is a core element of the government's plans to upgrade to biometric passports and enhance the security of the UK border.
Sagem Securite will provide multibiometric facial and fingerprint recognition technology that was assessed for speed, accuracy and cost in competitive trials developed and run by IBM, using in excess of 10 million images. The technology will enable IBM to help IPS and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to deliver the next generation of secure and reliable identity documents to British citizens, residents and people requesting asylum, while minimizing the risk of fraud.
"Sagem Sécurité is extending its role as an identity management supplier in the UK, through our local subsidiary, Sagem Security UK," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Securite. "We already provide biometric management services for visas, identity cards for foreign nationals and cards for people requesting asylum in the UK, on behalf of the UKBA."