Agreement to Acquire Motorola Biometric
PARIS and SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, - 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
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
"Biometrics is a very dynamic business that we believe requires companies to specialize in the
technology," said Gene Delaney, president, Government & Public Safety, Motorola. "To best
serve our customers and employees, Motorola made a judgment that we need to concentrate
and lead in our area of strength - delivering best-in-class mission cri