ActivCard Acquires Biometrics Company

Smart card solutions provider ActivCard S.A., Suresnes Cedex, France, has acquired Ottawa-based biometrics security technology provider Ankari Inc. for $18 million, ActivCard announced Nov. 14.

ActivCard plans to incorporate Ankari's software framework, called Trinity, into its own smart card and digital identity solutions. Trinity allows organizations to verify identity through combinations of authentication techniques, such as passwords, digital certificates, security tokens, smart cards and biometrics.

The company hopes that combining the two product lines will result in an offering that will better help clients migrate from legacy single-source authentication solutions to smart card-based, multiapplication solutions.

"Large-scale digital ID projects around the world are demanding tight integration of smart cards and biometric technology. Our acquisition of Ankari expands the breadth of our digital identity products," said Steven Humphreys, chief executive officer of ActivCard.

Ankari, formerly known as American Biometric Company Ltd., was incorporated in 1996 as a research and development affiliate of DEW Engineering and Development Ltd., an Ottawa-based equipment manufacturer and designer specializing in aerospace and defense.

The Department of Defense selected ActivCard's usage software and digital identity provisioning system as part of its Common Access Card project, which will issue smart cards to service members as identification badges.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.