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Automatic identification solutions and services provider Zetes has been awarded a contract for the delivery of 9500 mobile biometric kits for Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of the 2011 presidential elections. The contract, made directly with the Congolese authorities and the Independent Electoral Commission (La Commission Electorale Indpendante or CEI), has a value of more than 30 million USD and is insured by the Belgian export credit agency Ducroire-Delcredere. The kits, which will be delivered in the second half of 2010, will be used to update the 2005 electoral lists established for the 2006 presidential elections.
Zetes develops and supplies the software that allows biographic and biometric data to be recorded and provides the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) software necessary to identify and eliminate any duplicate entries. It also provides the equipments technical maintenance throughout the enrolment period. Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes, comments: We are extremely proud to have been retained following a very rigorous selection process abiding by World Bank criteria. Zetes will mobilise to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the voter enrolment process in order for it to organise its elections in 2011. Additionally, the Group confirms it is definitely on track to achieve its 2010 objectives to improve on its 2009 results and aim to return to its 2008 level.
Zetes Industries is a pan-European company in the value-added solutions and services industry for Automatic Identification of Goods and People (Goods ID and People ID). Zetes uses both emerging and mature technologies (barcode, voice recognition, RFID, smartcards, biometrics), and develops Solution Architecture Frameworks to optimise the business performance of many customers in many market segments: manufacturing, transportation, logistics, retail, healthcare, finance, telecommunication, government and public services. The Zetes group has its headquarters in Brussels, with subsidiaries in Belgium, Cte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK . Zetes currently employs more than 800 employees (in FTEs) and generated consolidated revenues of 167.5 million in 2009.