Viisage to Acquire Iris Recognition Company SecuriMetrics

Viisage adds iris capabilities to prominent finger and face recognition offerings


BILLERICA, Mass. – Viisage Technology, Inc. has agreed to acquire privately-held SecuriMetrics, Inc., the manufacturer of the world’s only full-function handheld iris recognition and multi-modal biometric devices, software applications and services. With this acquisition, and the completion of the pending Identix merger, Viisage will become the only U.S.-based manufacturer of a full range of handheld and multi-modal biometric recognition solutions encompassing iris, finger and face.

Under the terms of the transaction, Viisage will pay $28 million in cash, net of the $2 million in cash on the acquired company’s balance sheet. The acquisition agreement provides SecuriMetrics shareholders with the opportunity to earn up to an additional $13 million in consideration if key performance thresholds and contingencies are reached, of which $11.5 million would be paid in shares of Viisage common stock at a fixed price of $17.69 per share.

The cash portion of the purchase price is being funded from the initial $100 million investment that L-1 Investment Partners made in Viisage in 2005.

Robert V. LaPenta, Chairman of the Board of Viisage said, “Iris-based recognition technologies are poised for growth as a highly accurate and mobile option for biometric identification. SecuriMetrics has both a unique set of products and services, as well as deep customer relationships at the local, state, federal and international level.”

Iris recognition is a fast, accurate, and highly scalable biometric recognition technology and is a strong complement to finger and face recognition approaches. SecuriMetrics offers a full suite of hardware, software and services required to capture, encode, transmit and establish identity based on iris patterns. SecuriMetrics identity products are particularly well-suited for harsh physical environments, offering a simple to use and highly portable solution that is ideal for quickly and accurately identifying individuals in handheld military applications and field deployments.

SecuriMetrics offers the PIER (Portable Iris Enrollment & Recognition) device that stores up to 200,000 individual iris images and can perform searches and return results to an operator. Nearly 2,000 PIER devices are deployed today throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cuba, Bosnia and other areas of conflict. U.S. detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan also use this device to manage detainees. SecuriMetrics hardware and software solutions are also used to secure physical assets (such as buildings and bases), provide positive inmate identification, and screen for insurgents against “watch lists.”

Another major area of technology innovation in final testing today is the HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment), the first and only portable multi-modal device in the world that will be capable of collection and identification of subjects using iris, finger and face recognitions.

“Our industry is ready for rapid expansion and this consolidation onto the Viisage platform is just the catalyst needed to accelerate the deployment and widespread use of iris recognition technologies,” said Greg Peterson, Founder and CEO of SecuriMetrics, Inc. “We are extremely excited about collaborating on a shared vision to improve security through an advanced set of identity solutions.”

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