Cross Match Holdings and DigitalPersona announced a merger agreement that will combine the two companies. With more than 300 employees, a network of partners and millions of users relying on its solutions worldwide, the merged companies will have a global presence in the government, financial, retail, defense, law enforcement and corporate markets.
Agostinelli said: “Biometrics is now widely accepted as a critical component of effective security systems for logical and physical access control, and is rapidly expanding from its roots in law enforcement, military and civil ID programs, to broader applications ranging from microfinance to mobile commerce to e-passports. This merger positions us perfectly to capitalize on these opportunities.”
Mike Kohlsdorf, operating partner for Francisco Partners, said the complementary technologies and geographic strengths of each company made the merger attractive for Cross Match. “Cross Match is strong in multimodal biometric technologies and government solutions. DigitalPersona is strong in identity verification and the commercial sector, especially finance, retail and healthcare,” he said. “So, the fit is highly complementary.”
“The merger also broadens our global coverage, especially in Asia and Europe,” added Kohlsdorf, who served as interim CEO of Cross Match prior to the merger. “The combination holds a lot of promise for our customers. We will be able to bring them some highly differentiated offerings as we bring the organizations together.”