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SchlumbergerSema Supports a Home Office Biometric Smart Card Demonstration as Part of the Entitlement Card Consultation

London, December 10, 2002, -- SchlumbergerSema, a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, announced that it has provided systems integration and the equipment for a demonstrator in support of the Home Office entitlement card consultation process. This is an initiative of the Home Office and the UK Passport Service (UKPS) to assess the attitudes and acceptability of the public towards the use of biometrics in an entitlement card scheme, currently the subject of a public consultation.

During a six-week period, passport applicants at Globe House and post office customers at Knightsbridge post office were invited to take part in a demonstration of biometric enrolment. SchlumbergerSema was responsible for provision of the e-gate Cryptoflex* 32 K smart cards. These smart cards store personal data and an iris pattern on a chip.

The first stage of the demonstration was iris registration. The participant’s iris was photographed four times by an iris scanner, which transformed the photographs into encoded data to be stored on to a smart card with the participant’s name. Iris registration takes between two and three minutes and could take place when applicants apply for an entitlement card.

The second stage, which takes less than 30 seconds, was iris recognition. The participant’s iris was photographed and his or her smart card inserted into a smart card reader. If the encoded data from the smart card matched that of the photographed iris, then the individual’s identity was confirmed.

At the end of the demonstration, each participant was asked questions to gauge their reaction and given the smart card containing their iris image and personal details to take away with them.

The entitlement card consultation proposals include using photo-card driving licences and passport cards as the basis of the scheme for people resident in the UK. Part of the consultation asks what the public thinks of the use of biometrics and the confirmation of a person’s unique identity against a national database.

SchlumbergerSema currently supports the UK Passport Services administrative IT infrastructure, as well as providing consulting, systems integration and managed services.


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SchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger Limited, a global technology services company. With more than 30,000 employees serving customers in 65 countries, SchlumbergerSema aggregates IT consulting, systems integration, managed services and related products to the oil and gas, telecommunications, energy and utilities, finance, transport and public sector markets. Leveraging the Schlumberger DeXa* Suite of Services, it also provides IP network connectivity, information security solutions, distributed computing support services and data center hosting services. In 2002, Schlumberger revenues were $13.5 billion. For more information, visit

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