European Commission Selects Consortium of Accenture, Morpho and HP to Maintain EU Visa Information and Biometric Matching Systems

Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:01am EST

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BRUSSELS--(Business Wire)--
The European Commission Directorate General for Home Affairs has awarded a
consortium of Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Morpho (Safran) and HP, a contract to
maintain the European Visa Information System (VIS). The contract is for three
years with a possible one-year extension to a maximum value of €70 million
(approx.US$93 million). 

The project will support the exchange of visa data across border management
authorities by ensuring the processing capacity of the system and the
availability of high levels of search and matching capabilities required for
visa applications. The VIS system went live, on schedule, in October 2011 and
has since experienced increased usage by consulates in non-EU countries and
external border crossing points of Schengen states. 

"Accenture has in-depth experience working with border agencies around the world
in helping them meet the challenges of managing the growing numbers of travelers
and increased visa application complexity," said Mark Crego who leads
Accenture`s global Border and Identity Management business. "We are pleased to
have been chosen by the European Commission to lead this consortium of suppliers
over the coming years." 

As consortium lead, Accenture will assume overall project responsibilities,
overseeing the integration of functional, technical and operational maintenance
to the VIS, and Morpho will provide biometric matching services. Accenture and
Morpho (as the Bridge Consortium) have worked with the European Commission since
2007 on the development and support of the biometric matching engine of the VIS.

"Morpho is proud to have been chosen, once again, to supply the biometric
matching services for the VIS," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, chairman and chief
executive officer of Morpho. "Biometrics has become a key element for effective
border management, and as the world leader in biometric technology, we are
committed to developing state-of-the-art solutions to meet the current and
emerging needs of this market." 

HP has worked with the European Commission since 2005, deploying the HP
Converged Infrastructure solution and associated technology services for the VIS
as well as the archiving and back-up solution. Under the new contract, there is
the potential for additional HP network support with associated consulting and
IT support services. Subcontractors to Accenture are Daon and WCC Smart Search
and Match who will provide IT support and services. 

Border security and citizen protection is becoming increasingly important,"
stated Peter Ryan, senior vice president and managing director, HP EMEA. "HP`s
mission-critical Converged Infrastructure is key to delivering multi-national IT
projects in the public safety domain." 

VIS is at the core of the visa application process to the Schengen area and
enables Schengen States to store and exchange alphanumeric and biometric data
relating to visa applications of third-country citizens. As a subcomponent of
VIS, a Biometric Matching System (BMS) enables the accurate identification of
visa applicants through matching biometric data, such as fingerprints, to
identities to establish and verify visa applications. 

Learn more about Accenture`s Defense & Public Safety industry, Turning Insights
into Outcomes, Accenture Border and Identity Services and Delivering Public
Service for the Future. 

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing
company, with approximately 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across
all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world`s
most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them
become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net
revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home
page is 

About Morpho

Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world`s
leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho
is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in
particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as
well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho`s integrated systems and
equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of
transportation, data, people and countries. For more information:

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on
people, businesses, governments and society. The world`s largest technology
company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing,
software, services and IT Infrastructure to solve customer problems. More
information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

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