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Siemens supplies Austrian passport authorities with biometric fingerprint system


Munich, Germany, Siemens IT Solutions and Services provides the passport authorities in Austria with 900 scanners to record and manage digital fingerprints. Since the beginning of April, all passports issued in Austria have two fingerprints on the security chip in addition to a passport photo. The required software components were provided by Siemens.

The scanners are used at passport offices in Austria (municipal and district authorities) and in embassies outside of Austria to issue electronic passports. As of June 28, 2009, all EU member states must issue passports that contain a chip with biometric fingerprints.

The software solution from Siemens is part of the Homeland Security Suite product family. It records the biometric fingerprint, evaluates its quality and makes it available as a high-quality, digital image. The hardware in use is the “ZF1 Modell Austria” single fingerprint scanner from subcontractor Dermalog Identification Systems. The scanners were specially designed to meet the requirements of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. The project was completed on March 30, 2009 and the new passports have been available to Austrian citizens since the beginning of April.

Siemens IT Solutions and Services is an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services. It covers the entire IT service chain from a single source, from consulting to system integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. In addition, Siemens IT Solutions and Services extends the range of offerings of the other Siemens Sectors to include IT solutions. With its comprehensive know-how and industry-specific knowledge, Siemens IT Solutions and Services provides measurable added value for its customers. Founded in January 2007, the new Siemens Division employs more than 41,000 people and posts annual sales of about 5.3 billion euros, of which over 70 percent are generated outside of the Siemens Sectors. More information at:


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