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Biometric identity included on Mexican national identity card program

Cross Match Technologies : 11 January, 2010  (Application Story)
Cross Match and Smartmatic are supplying a system for the Mexican National Population Registry based on biometric fingerprint, iris and facial data for verification of identity
Cross Match Technologies, a global provider of biometric identity solutions, along with technology partner Smartmatic, has been selected by the Mexican Secretary of Government (SEGOB) to help register citizens and capture biometric identity verification data.

In 2009, SEGOB announced its plans to update Mexico's National Population Registry and create a new national identification card, which will include fingerprint data, iris capture scans and facial images. The goal of this massive project is to provide citizens with a reliable means by which to verify their identities.

SEGOB recently acquired 2,000 PARkits, designed by Cross Match and Smartmatic, which it will use during the first phase of its national registry project. "Smartmatic is pleased to have been selected and we look forward to working with Cross Match to ensure the success of this important program," states Robert Cook, an executive officer at Smartmatic.

Cross Match and Smartmatic were chosen from a field of several biometric solution vendors that participated in a bidding process sponsored by RENAPO, Registro Nacional de Población e Identificación Personal, a division of SEGOB. According to RENAPO, the Cross Match-Smartmatic solution was chosen based on technical merits and attractive pricing.

Smartmatic is architecting the solution, which includes laptops, peripherals and core software, in addition to providing system integration, training and first-level support to end users. Cross Match is supplying fingerprint image capture and iris capture capability. The L SCAN Guardian ten-print capture systems that RENAPO selected are the same family of devices currently in use in the United States as part of the US VISITS program. "Guardian systems are deployed in U.S. airports nationwide as part of the largest commercial deployment of biometric capture and enrollment stations in the country," says Bill Dumont, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Cross Match. I SCAN 2 dual iris capture scanner systems complete the PARkits offering.

The RENAPO project will be the largest Mexican citizen enrollment program to date to include fingerprint capture, iris scan and facial images. "The goal is to enroll 110 million Mexican citizens and Cross Match is honored to be part of such a high visibility program," states Dumont. Enrollment will begin in the first quarter of 2010 and will take approximately three years to complete.

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