Safran Identity & Security renews biometric ID contract with Nigeria

Safran Identity & Security renewed its service and maintenance contract with the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (NIMC), which includes the upgrade of the existing automatic biometric identification system (ABIS).

The move comes a couple weeks after Nigeria’s minister of transportation approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any seaport facility in the country in an effort to improve security.

The company will provide the NIMC with the new MorphoBSS (Morpho Biometric Search Services), which uses three biometrics modalities including face, iris and fingerprints.

Safran Identity & Security will also maintain the solution, which is designed to enable the NIMC to develop a reliable identity database of citizens and residents of Nigeria.

The system will identify the country’s over 186 million people by a unique national identification number (NIN).

The biometric identification program will support the NIMC’s harmonization efforts for driving the existing databases of all federal agencies in the country.

For Nigerians citizens and residents, Safran’s new system will also help drive other value-added services such as verification and authentication services.

“We are very proud to have been selected by Nigeria to upgrade their identity management system,” Anne Bouverot, CEO and chair of Safran Identity & Security, said. “Our experience in large-scale projects like this one and our expertise in biometrics enable us to respond to the national authorities’ requirements and provide a comprehensive and operational solution. In this way, our contribution not only helps optimize national identity management in this country but also promotes the development of new governmental services for citizens.”

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