Safran Identity & Security has announced that its contract with the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (NIMC) has been renewed.The renewed service and maintenance contract includes the upgrade of the existing automatic biometric identification system (ABIS) to the new MorphoBSS (Morpho Biometric Search Services) using three types of biometrics: face, iris and fingerprints. Safran Identity & Security is also commissioned by the NIMC to maintain the solution. According to Safran, this system will enable the NIMC to create a reliable identity database of citizens and residents of Nigeria and each person will be identified by a unique National Identification Number (NIN). This operation will support the overall objectives of the Commission in its harmonisation of existing databases of all federal agencies in the country. With a population of more than 186 million, Nigeria is the most populous country in the African continent. Safran says that for Nigeria's citizens and residents, this new system will also be the vehicle to drive other value added services such as verification and authentication services."We are very proud to have been selected by Nigeria to upgrade its identity management system," says Anne Bouverot, CEO and chair of Safran Identity & Security. "Our experience in large-scale projects like this one and our expertise in biometrics enable us to respond to the national authorities' requirements and provide a comprehensive and operational solution. In this way, our contribution not only helps optimise national identity management in this country but also promotes the development of new governmental services for citizens."