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Sagem Sécurité’s latest-generation APFIS selected by Kenya Police

November 2008 by Marc Jacob

Sagem Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) announced today that it has been chosen by the Kenya Police, following an international call for tenders, to supply, deploy and maintain an automated palm and fingerprint identification system (APFIS). This latest-generation system will be deployed by the Criminal Investigation Department in Nairobi.

Designed to fight criminality throughout Kenya, the latest-generation APFIS features biometric comparison algorithms that were top ranked for precision and interoperability by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) in the United States. The Kenya Police thus deploys cutting-edge technologies for criminal identification and crime-fighting.

“The Kenya Police is pioneering the use of advanced technologies to identify wanted persons,” said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. “Our latestgeneration APFIS will give them one of the largest digital fingerprint databases in eastern Africa, and will allow them to work in liaison with other police forces in Africa and throughout the world. This is a first for the Kenyan police, and consolidates their position as the benchmark police force in Africa.”

The technology offered by Sagem Sécurité, already used by the FBI and Interpol, played a decisive role in the Kenyan police’s choice. With this selection, Sagem Sécurité continues to confirm its world leadership in biometric identification systems, already in service in more than 70 countries around the world.

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