Safran to Modernize Mexico’s Biometric Voter ID System

National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE)
Safran has supported INE with its multi-biometric system since 2005. The latest contract comprises the modernization of the system with the latest biometric technology and an upgrade from 2 to 10 fingerprint matching.

Safran Identity & Security has been awarded a five-year contract by the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for its multi-biometric identification system and related services.

With this new contract, INE confirms its trust in Safran to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry that enables fair and efficient elections.

As one of the world’s largest systems of its kind, the multi-biometric identification system ensures each voter has a unique identity by detecting false or double-identity cases in real time.

It uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to help ensure that each Mexican citizen is registered only once in the national voter rolls.

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Safran has supported INE with its multi-biometric system since 2005. The latest contract comprises the modernization of the system with the latest biometric technology and an upgrade from 2 to 10 fingerprint matching.

The new system will be able to register 113 million fingerprint captures and portrait images. These will be matched against the largest database in the region. Safran’s solution is designed to support up to 120,000 transactions per day.

René Miranda Jaimes, Executive Director of the Electoral Federal Registry at INE
René Miranda Jaimes, Executive Director of the Electoral Federal Registry at INE

“As an autonomous public entity responsible for organizing federal elections, we need to ensure the trustworthiness of the process,” said René Miranda Jaimes, Executive Director of the Electoral Federal Registry at INE.

“For more than 10 years, Safran has proven it fulfills this demanding requirement. By choosing the world leader in biometric technology, INE is making sure it is well prepared for the future with state of the art technology.

“We are very proud to continue our longstanding relationship and our support for INE and to bring our in-depth experience to Mexico’s biometric identification system,” said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, EVP of Safran Identity & Security’s Government Identity Solutions.

With proven experience for large-scale projects like this, as well as in India, Kenya, Colombia, Peru and Chili, we can make a direct contribution to enabling an accurate and smooth democratic national voting process.”

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

Safran Identity & Security is a global leader in identity and security solutions, deploying systems in more than 100 countries. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, the company develops innovative technologies for the public and private sectors, including identity management, secure transactions and public security solutions.