SAFLINK and Microsoft Join Forces to Deliver Improved Throughput, Economics and Efficiencies for Frequent Travelers

Companies Spearhead a Partnership to Enhance Homeland Security and Traveler Productivity

BELLEVUE, Wash., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SAFLINK(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:SFLK) , a leading developer, marketer, and integrator of security solutions, today announced SAFLINK is joining with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to spearhead a partnership to solicit interest in a privatized version of the Registered Traveler program. After meeting with stakeholders, jointly researching issues, and developing capabilities related to the program for the past ten months, both organizations are now mobilizing to create a powerful team to deliver a secure, privacy conscious and financially sensible solution.

“We analyzed the challenge of increasing travel productivity from a host of different perspectives. We believe our unique and effective solution, derived from over 30 years of credentialing experience would bring enhanced security to our nation’s airports, while allowing frequent flyers to move through screening checkpoints faster,” remarked Glenn Argenbright, CEO of SAFLINK. “We are now in the final stages of rounding out the members of our team, after which we plan to present to the government our proposed solution,” added Argenbright.

SAFLINK’s powerful combination of market-leading biometric and card-based identity management technologies provides Registered Traveler with an authentication solution with assurance levels comparable to those employed by the Department of Defense. These components, coupled with enterprise class software from Microsoft, and other market-leading partners, offer both the government and airport executives, a scalable, reliable, and secure framework for identity assurance and physical access security.

“Microsoft is very focused on homeland security solutions and working with partners to deploy technology for major DHS initiatives such as Registered Traveler. Central to Microsoft public sector’s mission is working to support agency mandates to protect citizens and prevent problems before they arise. Support of this initiative with SAFLINK and other partners, makes a great deal of sense,” said Tom Richey, Microsoft World Wide Director, Homeland Security. “We fully support the federal government’s consideration of a privatized Registered Traveler program. Privatization not only promises to offer improved security and efficiency to our nation’s air travel, it also promises to ease the financial burden on taxpayers,” continued Richey.

Asa Hutchinson, former Under Secretary for Homeland Security and current SAFLINK board member, added “This approach allows for government oversight but eliminates the burden of federal funding of the initiative. It benefits the key constituents of this issue: the government, travelers and the country’s business community. SAFLINK and Microsoft bring together a powerful combination of world class security, proven scalability, and enterprise expertise.”

In excess of 280 million trips per year are made as nearly 40 million frequent travelers move through the nation’s airports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced plans to expand its ongoing Registered Traveler initiative to evaluate the viability of self-funded solutions implemented and managed by the private sector. Under the program, travelers would voluntarily provide basic personal information, along with biometric data, including a fingerprint or iris scan. Eligible program participants, having been pre-screened by the TSA, would proceed at the airport to a biometric security checkpoint designated for registered travelers. These lines would allow passengers at selected locations to move through an expedited security screening process.


SAFLINK Corporation offers biometric security and smart card solutions that protect intellectual property, secure information assets, and eliminate passwords. SAFLINK’s Identity Assurance Management(TM) software solutions allow administrators to verify identity and control access to computer networks, physical facilities, applications, and time and attendance systems. Litronic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SAFLINK and global provider of secure identity management and information assurance products for the government and commercial markets, offers protection for popular applications such as e-mail, instant messaging, web transactions, and individual files. For more information, please visit or call 800-762-9595.

NOTE: “SAFLINK” is a registered trademark of SAFLINK Corporation. “Identity Assurance Management” is a trademark of SAFLINK Corporation.

This release contains information about management’s view of the company’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with the company’s financial condition, its ability to sell its products, its ability to compete with competitors and the growth of the security market, and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other documents periodically filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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