PARIS and SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, October 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAFRAN through Sagem Securite, its wholly owned subsidiary and a world leader in ID solutions based on biometrics, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the biometric business unit within Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), which includes its Printrak trademark. The acquisition has been approved by Motorola and SAFRAN.
Motorola's biometric business unit, headquartered in Anaheim, California, USA, designs, develops, integrates and maintains automated fingerprint identification systems ("AFIS") for law enforcement, civil and commercial customers around the world. The firm serves national, state, county and municipal agencies internationally, and provides integration solutions and systems for more than 300 customers in 40 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Jean-Paul Herteman, CEO of SAFRAN said, "This acquisition enables Sagem Securite to strengthen its position in the US market for homeland security where it is already committed to offer world-class identification solutions to government, state and local markets. This acquisition is a continuation of SAFRAN's long history of investing in the US. It is also an important step in our plan to improve our product offering, expand production in the US, and reduce costs."
Jean-Paul Jainsky, CEO of Sagem Securite added, "Through this acquisition, Sagem Securite, its existing customers, and Motorola's existing biometrics customers are expected to benefit from increased efficiencies and customer responsiveness from the merger of the two businesses."
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