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Safran to acquire Motorola

Thursday 23 October 2008

Theacquisition has been approved by Motorola and Safran. The transaction istargeted to close Q1/2009.

Motorola’s biometric business unit, headquartered in Anaheim, California, USA,designs, develops, integrates and maintains automated fingerprint identificationsystems (“AFIS”) for law enforcement, civil and commercial customers aroundthe world. The firm serves national, state, county and municipal agenciesinternationally, and provides integration solutions and systems for more than 300customers in 40 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Motorola product line included technology for mobile fingerprint capture andidentification, as well as enrollment and verification stations that could be usedfor a variety of identification purposes. The Printrak part of Motorola waspurchased in the year 2000 for US$ 160 million (EUR 121 million), but apparentlywas not a fit for Motorola some eight years later, despite landing projects likethe El Salvador national biometric ID card and the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceAFIS system.

Motorola interest in this sale is to focus on its core business of communicationssolutions, especially mission critical communications solutions for government,public safety and commercial customers. Safran's objective with this move is tostrengthen its position in the US market for homeland security where it is alreadypresent to offer identification solutions to government, state and local markets,in synergy with its Sagem Morpho division.