Morpho announces the world's first certified biometric-based signature smart card

London, (PresseBox) - Morpho (Safran group) is proud to announce that, for the first time anywhere in the world, people will be able to use their fingers to sign electronic documents with the same legally binding status as with a handwritten signature.

In Antalya, Turkey, on September 22 at the 11th International Common Criteria Conference, the "Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d'information" (ANSSI*) announced the EAL5+ Common Criteria certification of Morpho's IDeal CitizTM smart card. This makes it the first "Secure Signature Creation Device" as required by the 1999/93/EC Directive of the European Parliament and the Council, on fingerprint biometrics for strong user authentication in legal digital signatures. IDeal CitizTM meets identification needs in both government and private markets.

This pioneering certification officially confirms the leading worldwide position of Morpho's fingerprint Match-on-Card (MoC) algorithm, which recently ranked first in the United States by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as part of its fingerprint interoperability campaign, MINEX II.

When provided to citizens as a national identity card, this privacy-focused technology will mark a huge step forward. It enables citizens to safely connect to paperless government e-services "at the touch of a fingertip," replacing the 6-digit personal identification codes that are easily lost or forgotten.

Morpho's unique MoC now makes "instant" and non-repudiable signatures possible, with the strictest regulatory compliance across Europe. Legal professionals, finance executives and others who make frequent use of electronic signatures have warmly welcomed the readily available offering based on ypsID BioReader and the IDeal CitizTM smartcard, which now helps them sign voluminous legal files in an efficient way by cutting down authentication times.

Come see us at the Biometrics 2010:

October 20 - 21
Stand 406
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
London, UK

About Morpho

Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.

Through its e-Documents Division, Morpho is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. It develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. The Division's portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the benefit of consumers and providers in the telecommunications, health, identification and banking areas.

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