Safran Identity & Security selected as the future exclusive supplier of the French health system’s cards

By | February 14, 2017

Safran Identity & Security has been selected by the GIE SESAM-Vitale to ensure the development, manufacture and personalization of the French health insurance cards, the “Vitale” cards.

Through a six-year contract, the company will supply all the industrial services to ensure the delivery of the Vitale health e-cards which are necessary for the identification, the authentication and the signature of the insured persons in France for healthcare services.

This new tender integrated for the first time the entire industrial scope, from the Java Card embedded software to the production of customized cards, leaving the bidders free to choose the components. This choice of global management of the value chain by the same actor enabled us to optimize the industrialization process and benefit from more competitive offers. Safran Identity & Security provided the best response to all our requirements and the design phase of the cards is already under way. 

Jacques de Varax, General Manager of GIE-SESAM Vitale 


“We are pleased to place our digital expertise at the service of the health sector, a strategic area of development for us. Becoming the exclusive supplier of the Vitale cards, which are at the heart of the digitalization of health care services in France, is a highly symbolic step,” added Anne Bouverot, president of Safran Identity & Security. 


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

Safran Identity & Security is a global leader in identity and security solutions, deploying systems in more than 100 countries. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, the company develops innovative technologies for the public and private sectors, including identity management, secure transactions and public security solutions.

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The GIE SESAM-Vitale is an economic interest group financed by the French statutory mandatory health insurance organizations and the three private complementary health insurance associations. The aim of these actors is to develop the usage by the healthcare professionals of a large number of services, which can be common to all actors or specific to a sub-group. In this framework the GIE SESAM-Vitale, in close relationship with the solution providers, is in charge of the interoperability of the solutions deployed with all healthcare professionals, with a simplicity of use objective.

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