Oman selects top global firm to unify its biometric databases

April 12, 2017

Global identity and security solutions provider Safran Identity & Security has said it has been selected by Oman to consolidate the country’s multiple identification systems within a single multi-biometric platform.

This sovereign platform, to be operated by the sultanate, has been launched to support both public security and the development of tourism in the country, the company stated.

The company will provide its ABIS (Automated Biometric Information System) platform that will enable various solutions to communicate with each other and manage all the biometric databases (fingerprint, facial recognition, iris and DNA) within a unified system.

“The ABIS will provide biometric services - enrolment, identification, verification - on behalf of all national systems involved in ensuring the security of the sultanate: civil identity, public security, border control and criminal identification,” the company said.

Samuel Fringant, executive vice president, Security Division at Safran Identity & Security, said, “We are very honoured that the Sultanate of Oman has renewed its confidence in Safran Identity & Security after an intense competitive bidding to deploy this unique system in the world. This contract allows us to consolidate our relationship with Oman and strengthen our local presence through sustained investment, especially in the area of high technologies.”

The company added, “A pioneer in deploying biometric solutions in this part of the globe, the Sultanate of Oman has been a historic partner of Safran Identity & Security. For example, the company provided local authorities with AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), as well as the identification system for expatriate workers through iris recognition.”

Safran Identity & Security is a global leader in identity and security solutions, deploying systems in more than 100 countries. The company is also Interpol’s exclusive facial recognition partner.

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