From the Security Experts

March 25, 2009

Sagem Securite Partners with Hitachi

By SIP Trunking Report Contributing Editor

Sagem Sécurité, a company that specializes in biometrics, reportedly is partnering with Hitachi, a provider of engineering and information technology solutions, to develop a multimode biometric recognition module, which will combine Hitachi’s vein imaging technology and Sagem Sécurité’s fingerprint identification technology.

Hitachi VeinID Biometric Authentication technology is described as a non-intrusive biometric identification tool. It enables identification of finger vein patterns, thereby eliminating tampering and at the same time also increasing reliability and security.
“Our finger vein recognition is already widely used by Japanese banks to give customers easy, secure access to thousands of ATM machines,” said Hideyuki Ariyasu, managing director of Hitachi Europe.
“Combining this highly secure imaging technology with the world-class expertise of Sagem Sécurité, a leader in the security solutions market, provides an exciting opportunity to set a new authentication technology standard for goods and – even more importantly – to protect people’s identities,” added Ariyasu.
Sagem Sécurité, is a division of the Defense and Security Branch of the SAFRAN group, specializing in digital fingerprint biometrics and also in multi-biometric technologies, smartcards, secure transactions and ID management solutions. MORPHOACCESS, MORPHOTOUCH II, MORPHOSMART CBM are some of the fingerprint identification technology solutions offered by Sagem for access control.
Through this current partnership agreement, Sagem Sécurité continues to expand its portfolio of technologies, and also demonstrates its commitment to investing in innovative, forward-looking security solutions, said Sagem officials.
“By combining vein recognition with fingerprint analysis in a single, innovative module, we will be able to offer biometric equipment that boasts unrivaled security performance,” said Jean-Paul Jainsky, chairman and chief executive officer at Sagem Sécurité.
“Working with Hitachi as our partner also gives us the opportunity to develop our presence in the Asian biometric market,” Jainsky added.
The newly developed module by Sagem Sécurité will combine the complementary nature of these two identification methods and is stated to offer levels of security and accuracy.
Also, the company said its new module can be integrated in any type of identification system, and will meet requirements for a wide range of applications, including access control, identity checks and secure payments.

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Edited by Michael Dinan