The company in-sources biometric technology for governmental and commercial applications
Amsterdam, May 1, 2017 - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 - GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces the closing of the acquisition of 3M's Identity Management Business after approval by the relevant regulatory and antitrust authorities. This strategic acquisition rounds out Gemalto's Government Programs offering by adding biometric technologies and more secure document features and it ideally positions the Company to provide solutions for the promising commercial biometrics market.
The Identity Management Business will be integrated into Gemalto Government Programs business. In 2016, the acquired business generated $202 million in revenue and an estimated $53 million in profit from operations.
"With the acquisition of 3M's Identity Management Business, Gemalto makes a strategic move by in-sourcing biometric technology. Combining our market access, technologies and expertise will enable Gemalto to further accelerate the deployment of trusted national identities and to offer strong end-to-end biometric authentication solutions throughout the digital economy", said Philippe Vallée, Gemalto CEO. "I warmly welcome the new teams joining Gemalto and we look forward to working closely together towards success."
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Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.
Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.
Gemalto's solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software - enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.
Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.
 Local share transfer formalities are still underway in two countries and are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017.
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