Morpho signs major multi-biometric e-Border contract with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior

morpho United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, January 29, 2015 

Morpho (Safran), through eIMASS, has been awarded the prestigious e-Border management project by the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates. The e-Border project is setting the standards for the future of border control in the world, combining the very latest in biometric technologies, automation and system integration.

The contract covers the implementation of a fully integrated multi-biometric border control system, including the delivery of 96 e-Gates and 94 e-Counters, in five major airports across the UAE. Abu Dhabi airport will be the first, in spring 2015.

The system features Morpho's Finger on-the-Fly technology, which is a very rapid, touchless way of capturing fingerprints, via a simple wave of the hand, in only one second. Morpho's Finger on-the-Fly is a world first, offering major advances in both speed and accuracy, while mitigating hygiene concerns.

In a similar way to fingerprint recognition, the e-Border project is spearheading the use of the iris and face recognition for border control, featuring Morpho Iris-at-a-Distance (IAD) cameras, with the world's fastest operational capture time (less than 1 second for simultaneous capture of iris and face).

In terms of automation, the versatile MorphoWay e-Gates provide the highest level of security, while facilitating the traveler experience in airport border control. Featuring a new and modern design, they can be used by travelers at both entry to and exit from the UAE.

System integration is also a key feature of the e-Border project. Expanding upon the e-Border pilot implemented in 2012 in Abu Dhabi, the new fully integrated border control system seamlessly interfaces with the existing Ministry of Interior systems, such as the Visa Enrollment Centers for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Morpho, said, "This contract solidifies our long-standing working relationship with the police and border authorities of the UAE. We believe that our partnership is a truly winning combination, and one that will make a positive contribution to the future of border control in the UAE."

Major General Dr. Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, Director General Central Operations of Abu Dhabi Police, added, "Morpho has the proven technology and local expertise which enable them to fully understand our needs and expectations for the e-Border project. We have every confidence in their ability to successfully support us in one of most important of our nation-wide projects."

In addition to the Ministry of Interior, Morpho already supplies security systems to numerous government agencies and organizations within the UAE. These customers include the Abu Dhabi Police, Emirates Identity Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Airports Company and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

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