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Cross Match announces consolidation of German operations


Cross Match has just announced it will consolidate its operations and technology teams at the company’s facilities and operations in Jena, Germany, acquired as part of its purchase of Smiths Heimann Biometrics in 2005.

“The efficiencies and synergies we expect to realize as a result of this decision will be a direct benefit to our customers,” David Buckley, president and CEO of Cross Match said.  “Cross Match remains fully committed to our European customers and business partners.”

Reported previously, earlier this year, Cross Match launched its new SEEK Avenger mobile handheld unit. 40% smaller than the SEEK II, the SEEK Avenger  weighs just over 3 pounds and according to the company, is the only multi-biometric handheld capable of capturing stand-off dual iris (SAP 40) and fingerprint (FAP 45) images in direct sunlight.

“Discussions are beginning with the works council in order to compensate affected employees and to ensure a smooth transition. We do not anticipate that the [Jena, Germany] consolidation will impact customer orders, support, or service,” Milton Dean, Cross Match’s chief operations officer said.   “We maintain highly capable and fully staffed operations and technology teams in North America which already provide support and services throughout the world.”

Cross Match also recently launched its new ventures business unit, called Cross Match Ventures.

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