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Cross Match acquires rugged mobile biometric business.

Cross Match Technologies : 04 February, 2008  (Company News)
Labcal acquired by Cross Match bringing mobile biometric authentication units meeting MIL harsh environment standards to Cross Match's portfolio.
Cross Match Technologies has acquired the biometric authentication business of Labcal Technologies, a Canadian based leader in providing rugged mobile and wireless biometric solutions for identification and authentication. Cross Match also acquired Labcal's SmartProfile single sign on (SSO) business in the transaction.

Labcal is a global leader and innovator in providing rugged, handheld mobile computing platforms that integrate biometrics, smart card technologies, wireless communications and application software for mobile authentication of persons and documents such as National IDs, e-Passports, benefits provision cards and various employee and worker IDs. Labcal's rugged, handheld biometric authentication products feature smart card and public key infrastructure (PKI) technologies necessary for effective and secure mobile and wireless solutions. Labcal also offers an advanced, unique and secure SSO solution featuring its TruBlue fingerprint and smart card readers.

"The addition of Labcal's biometric authentication technology and expertise is an important extension of Cross Match's ever-expanding product and solution offerings and meets our customers' needs for mobile and wireless solutions. Going forward, Labcal's best-in-class technology and world class research and development team will expedite our release of the next generation of advanced multimodal mobile and wireless biometric solutions," said Cross Match President and Chief Executive Officer, James Ziglar. "Combining Labcal's technology with Cross Match's broad biometric portfolio and global customer base will allow us to deliver the industry's best mobile and wireless biometric identity management solutions."

Labcal took mobile authentication to a new level in 2006 with the introduction of the Be.U Mobile, the most rugged handheld biometrics identity management device in the world. The Be.U Mobile was engineered to meet US Department of Defence (DoD) military specifications for harsh environmental conditions, known as MIL-STD-810F, as well as the IP65 Ingress Protection rating. The Be.U Mobile is a handheld fingerprint and smart card reader that supports multiple biometric algorithms. It is currently deployed in numerous civil and military identification programs around the world. The Be.U Mobile also meets a multitude of international smart card standards, including ICAO standards for contactless reading and authentication, and can be deployed in border control applications to authenticate e-Passports.

Cross Match will integrate Labcal's Canadian operations into its global organization. Additional terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

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