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    2014.04.14 | | Morpho joins FIDO Alliance to help revolutionize online authentication

    Paris, April 14, 2014 - Morpho (Safran), a world leader in secure identification solutions, has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication during online transactions. Members of the alliance commit to sharing technology and collaborating on the development of open specifications that enable FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure, private and easy to use. FIDO addresses the need to develop a viable alternative to passwords. To create a secure online ecosystem, FIDO specifications support a wide range of authentication technologies, platforms and mobile devices. By joining the FIDO alliance, Morpho will bring its expertise in authentication technologies such as biometrics (fingerprint, iris and facial recognition), Near Field Communication, Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and secure elements (SIM cards, smart cards, USB tokens), as well as in innovative mobile devices and secure e-service platforms. As a member, Morpho will offer FIDO-compliant products enabling banks, online service providers and mobile network operators to provide more convenient and secure access to online services. “Morpho will contribute to FIDO’s vision of more secure and convenient online authentication for a broad range of identity and payment applications. We are delighted to welcome Morpho as a Sponsor member and look forward to drawing upon their expertise in biometrics and protecting identity data,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. “As a leader in secure identity management, we are delighted to join the digital industry’s most innovative players in revolutionizing online authentication,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “Joining the FIDO Alliance is a natural move for Morpho at a time when we are expanding our e-service offering.” About The FIDO Alliance The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance was launched in February 2013 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing standards-based specifications for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services. About Morpho Morpho, a high-technology company of Safran, is a global leader in security solutions. The company employs more than 8,400 people in 40 countries and reported revenues of 1.5 billion euros in 2013. Morpho’s unique expertise lies in providing cutting edge security solutions for government identity, public security, critical infrastructure, transportation and business markets. Morpho is the world leader in multibiometric identification technologies, biometric identity documents, Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) and Explosives Detection Systems (EDS). It is one of the leading suppliers of SIM cards, smart cards, trace detection equipment and gaming terminals. With systems operating in more than 100 countries, Morpho’s solutions simplify and secure the lives of people around the world.
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    2014.04.11 | | Interjet becomes the first American airline to support EGTS electric taxiing system

    Leading Mexico carrier signs MoU with Honeywell and Safran to evaluate EGTS electric taxiing system performance at high altitude airports Mexico, April 11, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mexican airline Interjet, to support the advancement of the EGTS taxiing system, a technology for use on the taxiway and runway, which brings both fuel savings and emissions reductions to airlines. Interjet is the first airline in America to collaborate on the EGTS program, following easyJet, Air France and GoAir. EGTS, the result of a joint venture between Honeywell and Safran, uses motors on the aircraft’s main landing gear to enable it to push back from the gate and taxi using its own electrical power rather than its main engines. This can save airlines as much as four percent block fuel consumption every flight. In January 2014 EGTS International announced an MoU with Airbus to explore the potential for integrating the EGTS taxiing system on the airframer’s A320 Family, under a program Airbus calls “eTaxi”. “We have been working for a number of years with both Safran and Honeywell on innovative projects to reduce our environmental impact,” said José Luis Garcia, CEO of Interjet. “This agreement is the next logical step in our collaboration to further reduce our carbon footprint.” Under the agreement, Interjet will share data on its taxiing procedures and in particular, in high altitude airports, where Interjet frequently operates. The low air density prevalent in these types of airports impacts aircraft performance, requiring airlines to adapt operating procedures to these conditions. Interjet and the EGTS team will evaluate together the operational parameters required for electric taxiing operations in these environments. “Interjet will help us to confirm that EGTS is the only on-board system currently in development capable of generating enough traction during taxiing in all weather conditions and at all airports,” said Brian Wenig, vice president EGTS Program, Honeywell. “The partnership will also help us refine system capabilities for operation in different environmental conditions that change the demand placed on the Auxillary Power Unit, used to provide power the EGTS motors.” This agreement is the second environmental collaboration between the three parties. In 2011, Both Safran and Honeywell supported Interjet in its first commercial flight with biofuels. Powered by CFM56* engines, the Airbus A320 used a blend of 27 percent biofuel derived from the jatropha crop and 73 percent ordinary kerosene. The jatropha used by Interjet was grown in the Chiapas region of Mexico and converted into jet fuel by Honeywell UOP. “We are extremely pleased to embark Interjet on this ambitious program,” said Olivier Savin, vice president EGTS Program, Safran. “ The airline has been a true pioneer in commercial aviation in Mexico since the 1930s. Supporting EGTS demonstrates once again its commitment to innovation and greener technologies for the Mexican aerospace industry.” * CFM56 is a trademark of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. Editors Notes: Developed by EGTS International, a joint venture between Honeywell and Safran, EGTS uses electric motors on the main landing gear to enable the aircraft to push back autonomously and taxi without using its main engines. Honeywell and Safran estimate that total savings for airlines using EGTS could range from between US$200,000 to US$450,000 per aircraft, per year, depending on their operations profile and system utilization. Allows aircraft to push back without a tug and then taxi between gate and runway without engaging the main engines by using the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) generator to power electric motors in the main landing gear. In addition to reduced fuel burn, the system will also generate further savings by minimizing the risk of damage to engine turbines from foreign objects on the tarmac. The pilot maintains full control of the aircraft’s speed with virtually no use of the brake through an integrated Pilot Interface Unit. The system design offers a fast installation time and does not affect brake cooling or tire speeds on landing. About Honeywell Aerospace Thousands of Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide. The Aerospace business unit develops and integrates technologies that span air traffic modernization, flight and runway safety, engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, connectivity, logistics and more that deliver safe, efficient, productive and comfortable transportation-related experiences. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. About Safran Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,200 employees and generated sales of 14.7 billion euros in 2013. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. About Interjet Interjet, a 100% Mexican airline, is owned and operated by the Aleman family. Interjet began operations on December 5th 2005, with a fleet of three Airbus A320 aircraft, connecting three destinations in Mexico and today it has 42 A320 and 5 Superjet 100 aircraft. In December 2013, Interjet celebrated its eighth anniversary, fulfilling its pledge of quality service at an affordable price. Beginning a strong relationship with its neighboring country to the north, Interjet began operations in United States on December 1st 2011, with its first flight to San Antonio, Texas from Mexico City International Airport and on December 6th from the Toluca International Airport. Interjet has 43 routes, 34 in Mexico City and 9 international destinations : San Antonio, Las Vegas, Orange County (L.A), Miami, Nueva York, Costa Rica, Guatemala, La Habana and Bogotá. Interjet’s network also offers excellent connections to other destinations at the airport in Mexico City.
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    2014.04.10 | | JetBlue Airways Selects Morpho’s MobileTrace for Enhanced Passenger Screening

    Handheld trace detectors to screen for explosives, meet TSA mandate for secondary passenger screening Wilmington, Mass., April 10, 2014 – Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with JetBlue Airways for 14 handheld MobileTrace® explosive trace detectors (ETD). Under terms of the contract, MobileTrace will be deployed this year to meet enhanced U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening mandates for U.S.-bound flights from select JetBlue global locations. A powerful, user-friendly handheld, MobileTrace can simultaneously detect residue from explosives and narcotics in seconds on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces. “Morpho thanks JetBlue for recognizing the operational and detection capabilities of MobileTrace by selecting it to protect travelers,” said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. “MobileTrace reflects Morpho’s commitment to developing solutions that give airlines and airports the capabilities and mobility needed to protect travelers while planning for expansion and future security mandates.” The first simultaneous dual-mode handheld detector, MobileTrace expands the range of target explosives and narcotics that can be identified from a single sample for faster, more comprehensive screening. “Working with Morpho Detection has helped us upgrade our screening capabilities and maintain TSA compliance without impacting the customer experience,” said Ken Maxwell, Vice President of Corporate Security, JetBlue Airways. MobileTrace incorporates Morpho’s ITMS™ Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometry trace technology into a handheld device. Trace explosives and narcotics detection sensitivity and reliability has already been proven in other Morpho trace-based products at airports, border crossings, military bases and other critical security checkpoints around the world. About Morpho Detection Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran’s (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection’s solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.

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