BIO-key Partners with Savvy Info. Tech to Offer Powerful Identity and Access Management Solutions in Ethiopia’s Fast-Growing Economy

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia and WALL, N.J., June 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB), today announced a partnership with Savvy Information Technology to bring BIO-key solutions to customers in Ethiopia. The Savvy partnership expands the global reach of BIO-key’s Channel Alliance Partner (CAP) within Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

Savvy Info. Tech has been providing banks and government institutions in Ethiopia with digital and banking solutions for the last ten years. Savvy solutions include end-to-end card personalization, data protection, identity and access management, payment switching, and fraud management. These solutions have positioned Savvy as a financial institution trustee, and as such, Savvy also offers services, technical support, and training at its state-of-the-art training and customer service centers in Addis Ababa.

BIO-key continues to expand its distribution reach into high-growth international markets by working with leading regional partners. The CAP program makes it easy for partners to build new revenue channels by offering BIO-key’s full line of solutions and multifactor authentication options. BIO-key solutions include its award-winning PortalGuard® platform and hardware solutions including fingerprint scanners, which support Identity-Bound Biometric authentication, and FIDO-key® security keys.

“Savvy and our clients have a wonderful chance with this relationship. Which enables us to offer the best IAM and biometric solutions to the numerous local institutions that need such services,” said Etsub Tasew, Savvy’s General Manager.

José Francês, BIO-key’s VP of Sales for Africa, Europe, and Brazil said, “We excited to partner with Savvy to bring BIO-key’s IAM added value solutions to their customers across Ethiopia.”

About Savvy Information Technology (
Savvy Info. Tech was founded in 2013 G.C. in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Savvy is a local leader in Digital solutions across the Banking and Governmental institutions. We have witnessed significant industry advancements throughout that time, taken part in them, and learnt a lot about how they affect other sectors of the economy. We understand the importance of a strong financial industry as well as the role it plays in an economy which is why we take pride in pushing the financial industry and Governmental institutions toward digitalization. We have collaborated with leading experts, international businesses, and institutions to provide the best technology to equip these institutions for the digitized future.

About BIO-key International, Inc. (
BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication and cybersecurity with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) software managing millions of users. Its cloud-based PortalGuard IAM solution provides cost-effective, easy-to-deploy, convenient, and secure access to devices, information, applications, and high-value transactions. BIO-key's patented software and hardware solutions, with industry-leading Identity-Bound Biometric (IBB) capabilities, enable large-scale Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, as well as customized on-premises solutions.

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