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Morpho works with Ideco to expand presence in African biometric markets


Morpho (Safran) said it is planning to aggressively capture untapped markets in Africa.

The company recently showcased MorphoWave in South Africa, the market’s first biometric access solution featuring high-speed touchless fingerprint matching.

To expand its presence in South Africa, Morpho has been working with local partner Ideco, which is considered Africa’s leader in the design, distribution and integration of biometric solutions.

“Not only do our strategies complement each other, but Ideco really understands the African markets,” said Guillaume Lefevre, Morpho VP market development and sales. “We would like to grow this partnership and start penetrating new untapped markets on the continent.”

Ideco has extensive and specialized experience in implementing many large-scale civil and forensic projects, including the world’s largest digital conversion of paper-based fingerprint records for the HANIS project of the South African Department of Home Affairs and partnering with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to establish an automated criminal background checking service.

The biometrics provider offers a range of products for various applications, including national automated identity bureau services, vehicle driver identification, law enforcement custody chain management, handling identity-based processes within the manufacturing, retail, banking and medical sectors, and physical access control or time and attendance.

Additionally, Ideco is the official supplier of the Sagem Morpho line of biometric readers and operates the only certified repair and support center in South Africa.

The company currently distributes over 100,000 fingerprint readers throughout South Africa to securely manage more than 2,5 million people working in a number of different businesses.

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