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Oberthur Technologies – Morpho becomes IDEMIA

September 2017 by Patrick LEBRETON

The result of the merger of Oberthur Technologies (OT) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho), the OT-Morpho group today became IDEMIA. The group’s ambition is to empower citizens and consumers to interact, pay, connect, travel and even vote securely while taking advantage of the opportunities of an increasingly connected world.

At an event that brought together nearly 2,000 guests at the Seine musicale (an iconic cultural venue in the west of Paris, France), Didier Lamouche, Chairman CEO of OT-Morpho, officially renamed the group IDEMIA. In a world directly impacted by the exponential growth of connected objects, the increasing globalisation of exchanges, the digitalisation of the economy and the consumerisation of technology, IDEMIA stands as the new leader in trusted identities placing "Augmented Identity" at the heart of its actions. As an expression of this innovative strategy, the group has been renamed IDEMIA in reference to powerful terms: Identity, Idea and the Latin word idem, reflecting its mission to guarantee everyone a safer world thanks to its expertise in trusted identities.

This event furthermore provided an opportunity to discover all of the group’s latest innovations. These include the automated air passenger boarding process, the new generation biometric payment card, and embedded security systems to equip the connected cars of tomorrow.

Supported by a workforce of 14,000 employees from all over the world, including 2,000 in the Research and Development department, IDEMIA is the result of the merger between OT and Morpho completed on 31 March 2017. Today a leading player in the identification and authentication sector, the group serves clients in 180 countries and provides services to five main customer segments: Financial Institutions, Mobile Operators, Connected Objects, Citizen Identity, and Public Security.

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