MorphoTrak Algorithm Ranked #1 by NIST for Latent Fingerprint Accuracy

Benchmark test by US Government laboratory shows MorphoTrak's Sagem Sécurité technology, has the highest accuracy

Alexandria, Va., February 9, 2010

MorphoTrak (Safran Group) announced today the biometric matching technology it uses, through Sagem Sécurité, earned the highest rank in the recent National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) test for latent fingerprint accuracy. In the preliminary report from the Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies: Extended Feature Sets (ELFT-EFS) test, the Sagem Sécurité/MorphoTrak algorithm excelled in accuracy under all conditions. An algorithm is a software process at the center of biometric matching performance. Such tests help local, federal and international agencies choose the top biometric technologies for their programs.

The NIST ELFT-EFS test was developed to evaluate the current state-of-the-art in latent fingerprint matching. The test compared searches of features manually marked by experienced latent print examiners with automated (image-only) searches. Features included minutiae, extended feature sets (EFS), as well as other search criteria. The Sagem Sécurité/MorphoTrak algorithm was proven to be the most accurate with both automated searches and searches that followed examiner best practices, in addition to having the best overall accuracy. Five vendors, including all major AFIS companies, competed in the ELFT-EFS test. The ELFT-EFS test results are available at

"We are extremely pleased with the excellent results announced by the US government's top testing laboratory for fingerprint technology," stated Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. "Our commitment to advance biometrics standards and continually innovate technology for our government clients is now proving its value."

MorphoTrak and Sagem Sécurité have over 35 years of experience in fingerprint technology and pioneered Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS). Since then MorphoTrak has continued to innovate and excel, successfully deploying fingerprint technology to well over 300 customers in over 40 countries.

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MorphoTrak, Inc., a subsidiary of Safran USA, provides biometric and identity management solutions to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Formed in April 2009 from the merger of Sagem Morpho Inc. and Motorola's biometric division, Printrak, MorphoTrak's markets include law enforcement, border control, civil identification, facility/IT security and access control. MorphoTrak and its global parent Sagem Sécurité - part of the Safran group - are leading innovators in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as identification licenses. MorphoTrak employs over 450 persons in the U.S., with headquarters near Washington D.C., major corporate facilities in Anaheim, CA and Tacoma, WA, and regional facilities throughout the U.S. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.601.6790

Sagem Sécurité
Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) is a high-technology company. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity solutions, Sagem Sécurité focuses on applications including personal rights and flow management, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, secure terminals and smart cards. Its integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and states. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents. For further information:,

Eve Fillon
+ 1 03-797-2666

Sagem Sécurité
Caroline Coudert
+ 33 (0)1 58 11 19 47

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