IDEMIA, a company created from the merger of Oberthur Technologies and Morpho, has become the market leader in biometrics security. This French company is not about to stop.

Since the sanitary crisis emerged in early 2020, the notion of hygiene has become an additional reason to ensure the safety and security of individuals. IDEMIA realized that Contactless technology was in demand.

In 2014, IDEMIA launched an amazing contactless solution: the MorphoWave Compact. This biometric reader is designed to read four fingerprints on the fly in less than a second. It was chosen by IDEMIA to secure access to its headquarters in Paris-La Défense. Indeed, this contactless system is fast, precise and hygienic.

Facial recognition, another contactless technology has had an increasing demand in the last few months, which is a real opportunity in the security market. And, IDEMIA is not to be outdone, since it has just released solution for that: the VisionPass. This robust and reliable contactless biometric reader is able to provide near –motion 1 second verification, through multiple angles and in all light conditions.

Visionpass has associated Artifical Intelligence and facial recognition algorithms with a state of the art optical solution combining 2D and 3D cameras. Visionpass resists all kinds of stacks and spoofing attempts, answer the needs of the most demanding customers and institutions.

To have presence in strategic places is the strength of the group, such as the Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. Passengers can use their facial photos, their ID documents and the barcode on the boarding cards, to generate a biometric template, which will allow them to be identified at the boarding gates. And, the user experience is clearly improved.

Working with major security actors such as the FBI and Interpol, through the Augmented Vision based on facial recognition is another important strength of IDEMIA, which could be used to find a targeted individual in a crowd of people after an attack, for example.

Eventually, IDEMIA would work on the storage of biometric data in smartphone, which could allow people to access the stadiums for the 2024 Olympic Games.

MorphoWave Compact

Cominfo, a European manufacturer of entrance control gates and other access corridors, has integrated IDEMIA’s Morphowave Compact biometric reader into its EasyGate SPT model, in order to offer secure and contactless access to more than 2,000 people who enter Sydney’s highest building every day.

The EasyGate SPT model uses innovative MDD motor technology and infra-red optical sensors to avoid tailgating and access of unauthorized people.

Morphowave Compact is able to scan fingerprints and identify users with one hand gesture. It is a recommended solution in high traffic areas since it can identify 50 people every minute.

The project was developed by Centaman, an Australian access control provider and partner of Cominfo. And, this touchless biometric device was integrated into the EasyGate SPT speedgate by Centaman in May 2019.

The global access control market is expected to reach $12.8 billion by 2025, with an annual increase rate of 8.2 %, up from $8.6 billion in 2020, thanks to the growing awareness of security systems, technological innovation and wireless security.

And, the global market of contactless biometric technology is expected to reach $18.6 billion by 2026, with an annual increase rate of 19.1 %.

IDEMIA, the world leader in augmented identity, is celebrating the strong performance attributed to its MorphoWave fingerprint technology in May of this year after a NIST testing. The National Institute of Standards and Technology – NIST examined and revealed the results of a Contactless-to-Contact Fingerprint Capture, nevertheless the six contactless devices tested were not named.

The MorphoWave technology has beaten the other solutions in almost every category, it includes:

1/ Matching Rate; 2/ Image Capture Sample Rate; 3/ Minutia Similarity;

The test itself aimed to measure and compare contactless fingerprint solutions to more traditional contact-based technologies. In the end the comparison would show if those contactless options could be used in legacy fingerprint databases.

In the analysis of the results, it was proven that the contactless fingerprint tech’s accuracy was comparable to contact-based tech when scanning multiple prints. Also, the contactless solutions have low rates of FAR – False Acceptance Rate or if preferred, False positive matches. Still, the more traditional contact-based solutions were more accurate then contactless solutions when scanning one single print.

In the study’s regard, contactless device such as the MorphoWave could be used with existing databases. The old databases in organizations and companies do not need to be erased or discarded when using the new contactless technology. The interoperability between contact and contactless technologies is possible and IDEMIA notes that it is crucial since the onset of COVID-19, as many companies are migrating to contactless scanner in order to avoid a shared reader, which is more sanitary.

“We are delighted to see contactless fingerprint capture that is on the cusp of matching contact-based accuracy,” said IDEMIA CTO Jean-Christophe Fondeur. “Our MorphoWave Compact will seamlessly raise hygiene standards in a vast array of environments including corporate offices, stores, airports, theme parks and leisure and entertainment venues.”

MorphoWave Compact scanner has gained multiple new customers in the past few months. The sensor has been being installed in many condominiums and buildings in São Paulo, and at the Digital Garage in Tokyo.


Launched in May 2020, VisionPass solution has awaken as strong interest of biometric key players

The award received by IDEMIA on its new solution confirms its positioning as a leader in frictionless biometrics for Security Market

On July 9th, a virtual ceremony was held by SIA – Security Industry Association to announce that VisionPass, the new facial recognition device launched by IDEMIA last May as the winner of the SIA New Product Showcase Award.

IDEMIA’s team presented the technology in front of a jury and explained the “backstage” overview of how and why the product was developed taking into account the problems of partners, clients’ pain points, as well as the need of high performance device in terms of user experience, trustiness, etc.

Main technical choices made by R&D team were explained in order to reach very high exigency to develop the most advanced facial recognition terminal on the market. Now, confirmed by the award.

Infrared, 2D and 3D cameras combined with AI – Artificial Intelligence algorithms, deliver an unmatched performing device:

  • Fully hygienic and Contactless – the device automatically adapts to the size of the person (120-200cm) and tolerates facial angles – no need to stop and fix the device.
  • Accurate and fast – up to 30 people per minute, up to 40,000 users
  • Powerful in full sun or total darkness without the need for any dazzling flash, and works with all skin colors
  • Contrary to identity theft attempts by photo presentation or 3D mask.

In 2018, IDEMIA received a resembling award for its other contactless solution, MorphoWave Compac which is capable to scan 4 fingerprints in less than 1 second by the wave of a hand, fully hygienic and frictionless. The new SIA award is about a face recognition solution that confirms the hegemony of IDEMIA as the leader in the biometric field and augmented identity, which included the segment of contactless security applications.

We did not develop the most advanced terminal just for the sake of the innovation challenge, but because it was necessary to meet all needs expressed by our customers: speed, accuracy, reliability and a true frictionless user experience. Since its launch last May, we have experienced a strong demand for VisionPass. Combined with this prestigious SIA award, this is indeed a true reward for all our teams who worked on this new product. Today, with VisionPass and MorphoWave, we offer the most powerful contactless biometric offer on the market.

Yves Portalier, Executive Vice President of the Biometric Devices & Automotive Business Unit at IDEMIA

SIA congratulates IDEMIA on being selected as the winner of the Biometrics category award in SIA’s 2020 New Product Showcase. It is this kind of continuous innovation and drive to succeed that brings the security industry forward and contributes to the safety and security of our world.

SIA CEO Don Erickson


The group develops for Société Générale Bank a biometric credit card to secure contactless payments


Surge of contactless payments, development of telemedicine and distance learning, generalization of identity control for access in buildings and public spaces, rise of online purchase… The pandemic crisis was an accelerator for the digital transition in many sectors for whose the need of identification and transaction security are crucial. All of this, to avoid fraud.

For the World leader in Augmented identity, IDEMIA, born in 2017 after the joint-venture between Oberthur Technologies and Morpho, ex-division of Safran for identity and Security, the crisis revealed opportunities.

” We have passed through the Covid-19 crisis with some services that disclosed essential activities. We have remained operational, despite of the crisis and have also shown resilience. Only 20% of our activities (identity documents) suffered by the reason of city halls closing.” Explains Pierre Barrial, who took on IDEMIA Group as new CEO from 1st July. Besides him there was Yann Delabrière (Former CEO of Faurencia) who was temporarily at the head of IDEMIA, and now as the president of the board of directors.

The changing in governance arrives when Idemia seeks to accelerate after <Clarifying strategy and reviewing its offer>. Despite of pandemic period, < Our objectives are unchangeable: We foresee growth in terms of turnover of 5 to 6% by 2022 and a rise of 10% in our results (EBITIDA)> Sums up Pierre Barrial. In 2019, Idemia made 2,3 billion of Euros in total revenue and 400 million of Euros in gross margin – operational profit.

Idemia surfs on the market waves of – security, biometric identification, connectivity – which should grow 7% and reach 12,6 billion of Euros in the world, from 2019 to 2022. By 2025, only the market of digital identification for governments and enterprises will weight 6 billion.

Facial Recognition

Installed in every continent and fitted with ranges of products for institutional and private sector, Idemia has positioned itself as trusted partner of banks (1800 clients), mobiles operators (500 references) which prepare the deploy of 5G, connected vehicles, new usages in telemedicine and e-education. Inside these heterogenic fields, <Everything lies on the same bricks of technology that Idemia masters with French laboratories of world-class: Cryptography and artificial intelligence – AI, as well as microchips manufactured by the company on its own. 1,5 billion of microchips, credit cards and identity documents are commercialized per year.> Develops Yann Delabrière.

In the field of facial recognition, Idemia is currently adapting its products installed in airports for border control to identify people using masks.

< The objective is, thru the use of sophisticated software, to control the identity by taking into account just half of the face, particularly using iris recognition. All of that in a fluid and efficient manner.> Affirms Pierre Barrial.

In the bank sector, Idemia focus on solving security flaws linked with contactless payments. When paying, card’s holder will put the finger on a sensor embedded in the card. Idemia develops a biometric credit card that will be tested by Société Générale in the end of 2021. The bank aims to propose the biometric credit card in 2022. Still on the same field, Idemia is a direct competitor of Thales Group, which develops the same technology of biometric credit card for BNP Paribas. The bank predicts to test something in between 10 000 and 15 000 credit cards this autumn.

The invention of biometric card seeks to eliminate the ceiling of expenditure on contactless payments, by enhancing security and assuring that the card’s holder is the one making the payment. This process will be authenticated by card’s holder biometric data.

Source: Inspired of Véronique Guillermard from Le Figaro

Pierre Barrial announced as new Idemia’s CEO from1st July