Safran to update biometric voter ID system for Mexico

December 28, 2016 - 

Safran Identity & Security has signed a five-year contract with the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for a multi-biometric identification system and related services to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry.

The system uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to help ensure that each Mexican citizen is registered only once in the national voter rolls, detecting false or double-identity cases in real time.

“As an autonomous public entity responsible for organizing federal elections, we need to ensure the trustworthiness of the process,” said René Miranda Jaimes, executive director of the Electoral Federal Registry at INE. “For more than 10 years, Safran has proven it fulfills this demanding requirement. By choosing the world leader in biometric technology, INE is making sure it is well prepared for the future with state of the art technology.

Safran has provided INE with its multi-biometric system since 2005. This latest contract is designed to modernize the INE’s current system with the latest biometric technology as well as upgrading it from 2 to 10 fingerprint matching.

The new system is capable of registering 113 million fingerprint captures and portrait images, which will be matched against the largest database in the region.

The multi-biometric solution is designed to facilitate up to 120,000 transactions per day.

“We are very proud to continue our longstanding relationship and our support for INE and to bring our in-depth experience to Mexico’s biometric identification system,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, EVP of Safran Identity & Security’s Government Identity Solutions. “With proven experience for large-scale projects like this, as well as in India, Kenya, Colombia, Peru and Chili, we can make a direct contribution to enabling an accurate and smooth democratic national voting process.”

Previously reported, Safran Identity & Security completed installing biometric border processing egates at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand.

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