IDENTITY

Idemia wins global industry award

In Summary
  • Recently, the company won yet another lucrative Sh1.7 billion tender to supply 31,500 biometric kits currently used in the National Integrated Identity Management System registration.

  • However, the election management kits failed in the results transmission, which was one of the main reasons for the Supreme Court decision to nullify the presidential election results of August 2017.

A French firm that provided IEBC with biometric registration and voting technology, Idemia, has won the global security award for its new biometric technology.

The firm formerly known as OT-Morpho before changing its brand identity to Idemia, has significant business interest in Kenya where it has been awarded multibillion contracts by National Government and IEBC. 

The company first won the Sh4 billion IEBC tender to supply 45,000 Kenya Integrated Election Management System kits used in the 2017 General Election.

 

They further got another Sh 2.5 billion contract to supply kits used in the October 26, 2017 repeat presidential election.

Recently, the company won yet another lucrative Sh1.7 billion tender to supply 31,500 biometric kits currently used in the National Integrated Identity Management System registration.

However, the election management kits failed in the results transmission, which was one of the main reasons for the Supreme Court decision to nullify the presidential election results of August 2017.

Idemia won the Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase Award in a virtual ceremony held on July 9, 2020 for its new biometric technology VisionPass that has advanced facial recognition capabilities. 

 

“SIA is an association of 1000 security companies, with headquarters in the USA. It uses the Award to recognize innovative security products, services and solutions. Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program,” SIA CEO Don Erickson in a statement on Tuesday.

Besides supplying IEBC with voting and registration technology, Idemia also supplied the national government with biometric equipment to capture citizens identities during the Huduma Number Registration in 2019.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Idemia said its team defended the company’s submission in front of the judges by giving a “behind the curtain” overview of why and how the firm developed the new product, from a blank sheet of paper, listening to partners’ and clients’ pain points, as well as to their needs in terms of performance, reliability and user experience.

 

IDEMIO Executive Vice President for Biometric Devices and Automotive Business Unit, Yves Portalier said the firm 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 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,”  said Portalier.

Erickson congratulated Idemia on being selected as the winner of the Biometrics category award in SIA’s 2020 New Product Showcase, noting that continuous innovation and drive is necessary to drive the security industry forward and contributes to the safety and security of our world.