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

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

Business Wire

BRUSSELS -- February 20, 2013

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$27.9billion 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: and

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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