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Mexico City, January 13th 2010.- Smartmatic, a leading supplier of security and election solutions, along with partner Cross Match Technologies Inc. were selected by the Secretaría de Gobernación de México (Secretariat of Governance, SEGOB) to supply new technologies to improve and safeguard the national registry.

The SEGOB purchased 2,000 PARkits units that will be used for the registration of fingerprints, iris, facial features and signatures of more than 100 million Mexican citizens. The SEGOB purchased the equipment for 23 million dollars.

Smartmatic will supply the architecture of the solution, which includes portable computers, peripherals and software. In addition, Smartmatic will be responsible for the integration of the systems, training and first level support for the end users. Cross Match will provide the advanced hardware and software for fingerprint and iris capture.

"We are very pleased to have been selected by the Mexican government and are committed to providing them and countries throughout the globe with the necessary technology to create secure, accurate and transparent citizen enrolment programs," said Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic's CEO. Cross Match's capture systems that the Mexican government selected are the same family of devices currently in use by the United States Immigration Department in U.S. airports nationwide as part of the US VISITS  program.

"We are very proud our solution was selected by the Mexican Government. The fact that countries are turning to biometric identification solutions more and more is a testament to our success in enabling citizens to verify their identities," said Jim Grau, Cross Match President and CEO.

Why Smartmatic & Cross Match?
After the SEGOB announced in 2009 its plans to update the National Population Register in Mexico and create a new national identity card with biographical and biometric information, 51 companies entered the bidding process. The Smartmatic and Cross Match's solution was chosen for the first phase of the voter registration based on its superior technological and financial offerings.

About Smartmatic

Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments with their citizens. It is one of the largest cutting-edge technology suppliers, with a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Smartmatic's competitive strength lies on its cutting-edge technology and expertise in three key areas: Election Solutions, Identity Management Solutions and Public Safety Solutions.

About Cross Match Technologies
Cross Match Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. These solutions are used to capture and process the unique physical characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identities. Offerings include multiple biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services.



SmartMatic Contact:                               Cross Match Contact:

Samira Saba                                             Tiffany Christoffers
+1 561 8620747                                        +1 561 4937388