ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - MorphoTrak, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Morpho (Safran) (SAF), announced that the Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Laboratory has formally accepted and started operational use of the new fingerprint identification system -- Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS) -- that was awarded in a competitive procurement.

MorphoBIS, a multi-modal biometric system, provides identification of individuals with the highest possible accuracy and enhanced productivity, saving time and resources while increasing criminal identification. With MorphoBIS, high volume searches can be conducted not only for fingerprints and palmprints, but for the entire surface of the hand. MorphoBIS is the first biometric identification system to include the automated search of all the friction ridge areas of the hand, commonly known as Major Case Prints. This means that even the smallest latent print found at a crime scene, from the tip of a finger for example, can be searched effectively in the quest for criminal identification.

In addition, when the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) evaluated latent fingerprint matching technologies, the Morpho algorithms used in MorphoBIS were ranked #1 for fingerprint accuracy in image-only latent searches -- the most difficult automated search scenario. These searches significantly increase operational speed, and do not require pre-processing or manual intervention during the search process, ultimately allowing latent print examiners to focus on more difficult tasks and verifications.

System installation at the Crime Lab was completed in October 2014. In the time leading up to formal acceptance, the system was rigorously tested under real-world conditions.

"Our new system has already shown significant increases in productivity and crime solving, with many recent successes. This is helping Orange County stay on the leading edge of law enforcement technology in the U.S.," reports Lisa Zinn, Crime Lab Assistant Director.

"The superior matching accuracy of MorphoBIS helps technicians solve long held cold cases, and more quickly provide identifications for new ones," stated Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. "The Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab is one of the first public service organizations to benefit from this powerful new version of MorphoBIS in 2015."

For more information about the NIST evaluation for latent fingerprint matching technologies, visit

About Morpho
Morpho (Safran) is a global leader in identity and security solutions for an increasingly digital and connected world. We employ more than 8,600 people in 55 countries and generated revenues of more than EUR1.5 billion in 2014. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, our unique expertise lies in developing innovative technologies for a wide range of markets and applications for people, governments and business. Morpho contributes to managing identities, protecting borders, detecting threats, supporting law enforcement and providing trusted on-line transactions and services. Our solutions protect identities, ensure safety and safeguard privacy, for easier, everyday lives.

About MorphoTrak
MorphoTrak, a division of Morpho (Safran), provides multimodal biometric identity and security solutions to a broad array of markets including law enforcement, government services, border control, venue safety, and IT security. More than 450 government agencies in 100 countries benefit from MorphoTrak's over 40 years of experience in biometric identification programs, and enjoy a level of accuracy, security, and sterling customer support only MorphoTrak can provide.

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