L-1 Identity Solutions

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L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.
Predecessor Viisage Technology, Inc. and Identix Incorporated
Founded August 29, 2006
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Owner British firm BAE Systems recently acquired L-1 Identity Solutions' U.S. counter-terrorism business.
Number of employees
2,264 (Dec 08)

L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. is a large American defense contractor in Connecticut.[1] It was formed on August 29, 2006, from a merger of Viisage Technology, Inc. and Identix Incorporated.[2] It specializes in selling face recognition systems, electronic passports[3] such as Fly Clear,[4] and other biometric technology to governments such as the United States and Saudi Arabia. It also licenses technology to other companies internationally, including China.

On July 26, 2011, Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF) acquired L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. for a total cash amount of USD 1.09 billion.|author=Business Wire |date=20010 [5] L-1 is now part of Morpho's MorphoTrust department.

Bioscrypt is a biometrics research, development and manufacturing company purchased by L-1 Identity Solutions. It provides fingerprint IP readers for physical access control systems, Facial recognition system readers for contactless access control authentication and OEM fingerprint modules for embedded applications.[6] According to IMS Research, Bioscrypt has been the world market leader in biometric access control for enterprises (since 2006) with a worldwide market share of over 13%.[7] In 2011, Bioscrypt was sold to Safran Morpho.[8]


  1. ^ Klein, Naomi (2008). "China's All-Seeing Eye". Rolling Stone. L-1 projects its annual revenues will hit $1 billion by 2011, much of it from U.S. government contracts. 
  2. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060829005740/en/Viisage-Identix-Merge-Form-L-1-Identity-Solutions#.VcqAsflVhBd
  3. ^ Gertz, Bill (2008-05-16). "Passport cards called security vulnerability". The Washington Times. The agency has contracted with L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. to produce electronic-passport cards as a substitute for booklet passports for use by Americans who travel frequently by road or sea to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 
  4. ^ "L-1 Identity Solutions Joins Clear Team to Lead All Airport Deployments for Nation's Leading Registered Traveler Program; ARINC to Continue Program Support". 
  5. ^ http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/LONE/0x0x403894/a031ce72-eff2-4dff-a49d-58628a660093/ID_News_2010_9_20_M_&_A.pdf
  6. ^ "Industry Canada". Industry Canada. 2011. Bioscrypt Inc. - Complete Profile 
  7. ^ "Bioscrypt Named Global Market Leader for Biometric Physical Access Control Readers". PR Newswire. 2011. World Market Leader in Biometrics: Bioscrypt 
  8. ^ www.morpho.com

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