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Face Recognition

World-leading Face Recognition for Multiple Industries

NEC's biometric face recognition technology is used worldwide for fighting crime, preventing fraud, securing public safety, and improving customer experience across a vast range of locations and industries.

Why? Because independent NIST testing has confirmed NEC’s NeoFace recognition and matching capability as the world’s most accurate several times across benchmarks and challenging conditions.*

It stems from over Half-century of biometric technology expertise. It couples recognition with real-time identification, verification and situation analysis for quick decision-making, preemptive security, and smoother services. Installed in over 1,000 major systems in more than 70 countries and regions worldwide, it boasts a stellar track record and wealth of practical experience.

And finally, as the long-reputed industry leader, our face recognition solutions are also designed to offer solid protection for the public without encroaching on their privacy, freedoms or human rights.

NEC, the Pioneer of Scalable Biometrics

Border controls, airlines, airports, transport hubs, stadiums, mega events, concerts, conferences. Biometrics are playing a growing role not only in the real-time policing and securing of increasingly crowded and varied venues worldwide, but also in ensuring a smooth, enjoyable experience for the citizens who visit them.

As a long-time committed pioneer of biometric research and solutions, NEC has developed multi-modal technologies including face, iris and voice recognition, finger- and palmprint identification, and ear acoustic authentication, and supplemented them with AI and data analytics to enhance situational awareness and facilitate effective real-time or post-event action in both law-enforcement and consumer-oriented spheres.

Face recognition can often prove one of the best biometrics because images can be taken without touching or interacting with the individual. With the ability to process and analyze multiple camera feeds and thousands of faces per minute, NEC’s powerful face recognition is able to police the largest and most difficult security challenges with unparalleled efficiency, sensitivity, and perception.

World-best Speed and Accuracy

The superior strength of NEC’s face recognition technology lies in its outstanding tolerance of poor quality and conditions.

This tolerance has secured the top slot for NEC’s technology range several times in independent tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States*, which declare our face recognition technology the most accurate in situations of varying levels of difficulties that reflect real life scenarios, with the fastest matching capability that is the most resistant to variants in angle and age.

But just how good is NEC’s face recognition technology in real life?

NEC’s technology can match a subject’s face from images with resolutions as low as 24 pixels, even if the subject is on the move, or the face partially concealed by hats, scarves or glasses, or head angle. It also facilitates video face recognition in poorly lit areas.

NEC’s face recognition technology does this by using long-tested algorithms that convert two-dimensional images into three-dimensional head images, which are then rotated in all directions and scrutinized using different vantage points, lighting situations, facial expressions and changes to help guarantee over 99% face-recognition accuracy in real-world situations. *

NEC Face Recognition in Action

In response to booming demand for varied biometrics, NEC has expanded its traditional range of face recognition applications from law-enforcement and security provision to new areas, and now boasts more than 1,000 active systems in over 70 countries and regions spanning police department, immigration control agency, national ID, banking, entertainment, stadium, conference venue systems, and many more.

Right now, many of our face recognition technology solutions are blazing a trail for first-time use in new areas and venues worldwide, such as end-to-end airport travel experiences in the U.S. and EU Summit security in Europe.

In 2019, NEC was named Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Biometrics Company of the Year in recognition of its leading position in the industry and foresight in innovating and developing future face recognition biometric solutions that maximize customer value and experience.

Balancing security and privacy

As the leading global pioneer of face recognition and other biometric technologies, and champion of our NEC Safer Cities Vision, NEC is fully vested in developing biometric recognition solutions and services that contribute to the creation of safe, secure, equal and efficient communities around the world.

Having positioned safety business as one of our key pillars of growth, we are keen to encourage businesses, consumers, and governments to work together to help balance the need for privacy with the benefits of protecting our society, securing our borders and providing consumer convenience without the fear of negative consequences.

At NEC, we strongly believe that face recognition can add significant value to our lives, and we seek to advance these technologies in ways that respect the worldwide principals of freedom, justice, rights to privacy, transparency and continuous improvement.

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    Result of vendor tests conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
    NIST test results do not constitute endorsement of any particular system by the government.
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