Women in Industry Awards Sylvaine Picard of Safran wins 2012 award for innovation

Paris, September 21, 2012

Sylvaine Picard, head of the biometric vein pattern research team at Morpho (Safran group), has won the 2012 Women in Industry Award for Innovation. She received her award during the prize ceremony for the Women in Industry Awards organized by the business magazine Usine Nouvelle, and including Safran as a partner, on September 20 in Paris.

This award recognizes "a women responsible for a spectacular innovation, whether scientific, technical, economic, financial or human, that overturns usual practices in the sector."

Sylvaine Picard won this award because of her work on Finger On The Fly, the world's first contactless biometric detector, capable of reading and processing the fingerprints on four fingers of a moving hand in just a few seconds.

Sylvaine led the team that developed this concept for nearly three years, acting as both project manager and software designer. The Finger on the Fly project had already won the Safran Innovation Grand Prize for 2009-2010.

After receiving her doctorate in image processing (INRIA), Sylvaine Picard started her career at Getris Images, then continued at remote sensing specialist Istar. This experience led to work for the French space agency CNES and its German counterpart DLR. In 2004 she joined Morpho's Research & Technology unit, to work on biometric technologies. Today, Sylvaine Picard is in charge of both algorithmic research for vein pattern biometrics, and research on vein pattern detectors.

Safran's role as a partner in the Women in Industry Awards reflects its proactive approach to promoting the role of women with the Group, where they currently account for 25% of the total workforce. These awards clearly show that industry in general and Safran in particular are ready to offer women exciting, fulfilling careers, with full recognition of their skills and expertise.


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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