Biometric Identity Solutions
As of the 9th of May 2017, Thales identity and biometrics integrated The Imprimerie Nationale Group through the creation of a dedicated branch of activity for biometric solutions.
The integration of employees, technologies and of the skills and expertise of Thales identity and biometrics within the Imprimerie Nationale Group, industrial operator of secure identity systems, allows the development of high added value synergies, making the Imprimerie Nationale Group a leading provider of biometric identity and security solutions for governments and citizens..
The biometric identity solution offers of The Imprimerie Nationale Group (ex-Thales Identity & Biometrics) reinforces the group’s new dimension as a high-tech engineering company and innovative international company.
End-to-end security with advanced biometric technologies
The Group is a global leader with 30 years of experience in identity management programmes. The Group has secured more than 25 national identity projects, captured several hundred million digital fingerprints and produced over 300 million identity documents around the world.
An unprecedented rise in personal mobility, migration and data exchange
Governments and public agencies must meet the dual challenge of facilitating legitimate travel while effectively combating illegal immigration, cybercrime and terrorism.
In a hyper connected world, which is inherently more complex and vulnerable than ever before, governments need to protect their citizens and their personal data. They must guarantee the security of the systems used to produce, issue and control all types of identity documents, including national identity cards, voter registration cards, passports, visas and driving licences.
Secure identity management solutions from Thales are designed to meet this dual challenge. The identity documents issued are fully compliant with the latest standards and ICAO, ISO, EU and other international regulations, specifying the security features and data formats needed to ensure interoperability in our interconnected world.
These innovative solutions also help simplify relations between citizens and the state, bringing access to election, employment and social services information.
The Group's response
To be effective, identity management must be approached holistically, including continuity of service.
The secure solutions developed by Thales encompass the collection of biographic data from citizens, biometric enrolment, and management of identity systems, including databases, production and the personalisation of secure documents, identity control systems and user training.
The Group's added value
Drawing on its experience as a systems architect and integrator, Thales designs and implements specific solutions tailored to the needs of each individual customer. These solutions are based on an open architecture, which can interface with legacy systems, and are fully scalable to incorporate new functionality.
With its extensive in-country operations and global network, The Group is the trusted partner of choice to develop and deploy identity management programmes around the world.
The Group's solutions
The Group's approach is based on an end-to-end identity solution, which comprises a number of modular subsystems.
Unique know-how in the design and production of secure documents to combat counterfeiting and tampering.
- Recognised expertise in digital identity management and biometrics
- Systems compliant with international standards and regulations
- Ability to integrate COTS products and/or proprietary solutions
- Secure identity solutions based on solid expertise in information technologies, from system architecture to rollout and hosting of specific systems
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The French market leader in civil biometric systems
In France, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions' credentials include four of the largest civil biometrics programmes to date.
In January 2013, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions was selected to provide through-life support for the French biometric passport enrolment system as well as future upgrades.
In 2012, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions developed a software application for the French Ministry of the Interior enabling digital fingerprints to be captured and included with identity photographs in electronic residence permits for foreign nationals in France.
In 2010, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions signed a contract with the French Ministry of the Interior to deploy a biometric enrolment and data transmission system to handle Schengen visa applications in several countries.
In 2009, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions was chosen by the French Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Immigration to design and deliver the national biometric system, which incorporates the biometric functions required to manage the residency status of foreign nationals.
In 2010, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions was selected with Oberthur Technologies to deliver the new e-passport management system for the Republic of Uzbekistan's Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Finance. The branch Biometric Identity Solutions supplied 411 TAME3S biometric data acquisition stations, including mobile stations, deployed at locations throughout Uzbekistan and at its embassies around the world. The branch Biometric Identity Solutions also supplied its TIDMS solution, for the centralised supervision of e-passport applications and issuance, and its TAMMIS automated fingerprint identification solution, for the biometric identification of applicants.
As of 2013, the TBCS border control system is in place at 56 border posts.
Morocco's first contactless national identity card
In 2007, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions deployed an innovative project for the Kingdom of Morocco: the country's first biometric national identity card, based on contactless smartcard technology to ensure maximum document security and respect of the citizen's rights and liberty. The solution comprises the provision of national identity cards, operating software and personalisation stations.
As of 2013, over 20 million cards have been produced using this innovative system.
Kenya: a trusted partner for almost 20 years
In 1995, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions supplied a complete system for the production of national identity cards, residence permits for foreign nationals and refugee cards.
In 2004, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions delivered a new biometric identification solution to replace the manual biometric system. The branch Biometric Identity Solutions Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was integrated with legacy document production and management systems, enabling documents to be issued securely and applicants to be identified using their digital fingerprints. To date, 15 million cards have been produced with this new biometric identification system from the branch Biometric Identity Solutions.
In 2011, the Kenyan Ministry of State for Immigration signed a contract for the upgrade of the identity card production system in Nairobi.
To date, 4 million secure national identity cards in plastic composite have been produced.
Secure driving licences for South Africa
In 1998, the branch Biometric Identity Solutions, in close collaboration with local partners, deployed South Africa's national driving licence management and production system. The new licence incorporates biometric data on the holder in the form of a 2D barcode.
Operational since 1998, the system has an annual production capacity of 2 million licences.