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IDEMIA, formerly Morpho S.A.S. is a French multinational company, specializing in security and identity solutions. Part of Safran group until 2017, Morpho merged with Oberthur Technologies and became OT-Morpho on 31 May 2017, then renamed as IDEMIA on September 28th.[1]

IndustrySecurity, Identity management, Criminal justice, Border control, Banking, Telecoms, Explosives and Narcotics detection systems, Access control, Public safety, Smart card
HeadquartersCourbevoie, France
Key people
Yann Delabrière (CEO)
ProductsAutomated Fingerprint Identification Systems, Facial recognition system, Iris recognition, Finger vein recognition, Biometric terminals, e-gates, ID cards, ePassports, SIM cards, Biometric Card Readers Speed cameras, Explosives and Narcotics detection systems
Revenue$3 billion (2018)
Number of employees
14,000 (average, 2018)



Created in 2007, Sagem Sécurité was renamed Morpho in 2010. The name was derived from Morpho Systems S.A., a 1980s fingerprint identification firm [2] that is part of the current Morpho. By 2007, the security business was run by Sagem Défense Sécurité.

Orga Cards SystemsEdit

In 2005, Sagem Défense Sécurité acquired ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH. Renamed Sagem Orga, it is today the Business solutions division of Morpho.

GE Homeland ProtectionEdit

In 2009, Safran acquired 81% of GE Homeland Protection, a wholly owned affiliate of the General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). It is now contained in Morpho's Detection division.


On July 26, 2011 Safran completed the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions.[3] Today, it is mainly part of MorphoTrust USA Inc. The company itself dates back over 50 years, from the time the first photo was added to a U.S. driver's license.


On September 2016, Safran announced that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with Advent International, the owner of Oberthur Technologies since 2011, to sell its identity and security activities and the transaction was finalized on 31 May 2017. Oberthur Technologies (OT) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho) were joining forces to create OT-Morpho, then renamed as IDEMIA on September 28th.

Morpho todayEdit

Today, the Morpho name is only used for its subsidiary in South Africa [4]. Following the merge with Oberthur Technologies, the parent company now operates under the name of IDEMIA.

Detection activityEdit

Since April 2017 Morpho Detection merged with Smiths groups


  1. ^ "OT–Morpho becomes IDEMIA".
  2. ^ "Night Stalker Case Demonstrates Effectiveness of Systems : Market Developing for Fingerprint Computers". latimes.
  3. ^ Safran completes the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions Becomes world leader in biometric identity solutions
  4. ^ "Morpho in South Africa". Retrieved 2018-11-20.

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