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Precise Biometrics is one of the industry leading companies in new American HSPD-12 consortium


2006-06-29, Precise Biometrics AB (publ), develops and sells world leading and user friendly biometric security solutions based on fingerprint and smart cards, is one of the members in, the recently formed HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium in the US. The Consortium will ensure that US federal agencies’ HSPD-12 Directive requirements are met. The Directive means that all US Federal agencies must issue smart ID cards with biometrics to all employees and contractors.

SafeNet Inc. (NASDAQ:SFNT) is the founder of the Consortium and is also an established partner of Precise Biometrics having worked together on several projects for US federal agencies. Besides SafeNet, the HSPD-12 Consortium is made up of seven other industry leading companies including Corestreet Ltd., Entrust, Forum Systems Inc., Intercede, Omnikey, Precise Biometrics Inc., and Probaris Technologies. All companies in the Consortium have great competence within different product areas and are committed to educating and providing an interoperable solution for federal agencies and system integrators.

The Consortium’s goal is to meet the US federal agencies’ requirement to fulfil the US Federal Government’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). HSPD-12 was signed on August 27, 2004, in response to the general threat of unauthorized access to physical facilities and logical IT assets. The Directive is a general identification standard for federal employees and contractors. The companies in the Consortium bring a high level of expertise on varied products and share information and resources to minimize the integration challenges. In October 2006 all agencies affected by the HSPD-12 Directive must start issuing smart ID cards with biometrics.

“The idea to create a consortium was born out of a desire to work with other industry leaders. The common goal is to protect the national interests of the United States and assuring compliance with HSPD-12,” says Phil Saunders, General Manager of SafeNet’s Borderless Security Business Unit. “The Consortium will focus on educating US federal agencies and systems integrators on the mandate and work together to create an interoperable solution and build a testing lab to demonstrate the development of the solution.”

“We are very proud to be one of the companies chosen to participate in this Consortium. Together we are confident that the Consortium can create a solution that meet the UD federal agencies’ requirements on increased security by using smart ID cards and biometrics,” says Christer Bergman, CEO and President at Precise Biometrics.

Precise Biometrics AB (publ.) is an innovative security company that supplies world-leading systems for fingerprint and smart card-based authentication. The company’s solutions replace keys, PIN codes and passwords and enhance the integrity of ID cards and passports. With its proprietary Precise Match-on-Card(TM) technology, the company is a market leader within smart ID cards. Through its subsidiary Fyrplus Teknik, Precise Biometrics can deliver complete biometrics solutions on the Scandinavian market based, for example on fingerprint, iris and facial recognition. The product line includes systems for access control to buildings, computers and networks and for integration into ID cards and passports. The group headquarters are in Lund, Sweden. It also has subsidiaries in London and Washington, DC. The subsidiary Fyrplus Teknik is based in Karlstad and has regional offices in Linköping and the subsidiary Loqware is based in Gothenburg. Precise Biometrics is listed on the O-list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange (symbol: PREC A). For more information, please visit


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