Takayuki Morita, President and CEO
Ever the past year, the world has witnessed extraordinary change. When it comes to measuring the impact of the pandemic and the following economic crisis, public safety is one such realm that was hit hard by the domino effect that led to creating unprecedented stress on their technology strategy, architecture, workforce, and processes.
While organizations across industries were tested to breaking point, public safety leaders were bracing themselves for adaptability, innovation, and connectedness challenges. To ensure essential citizen services and security, public safety agencies needed to bounce back to address the rapidly changing nature of threats while supporting and protecting both on-site and remote workforce. From changing human behavior and increasing cyber threats to the elevated need for flexibility and sustainability at workplaces, organizations had a mountain of challenges to build and maintain community trust and confidence.
This is when most of these agencies trusted NEC—one of the leading biometrics authentication, AI technology, and system integration companies that help ensure public safety globally. The company’s winning technology skillset has been instrumental to public safety agencies, whereby they could leverage tailor convenience-sensitive solutions for many different security scenarios and public safety challenges worldwide.
NEC has essentially contributed to a post-COVID touchless world for federal agencies. NEC’s proven touchless technology and expertise is focused on supporting the ongoing mission of a new, safer and hygienic experience. The goal is to stay connected with employees and stakeholders while also ensuring the health and safety of everyone. Meanwhile, NEC also empowers organizations in the public sector that have started working remotely, moving their operations online. With over 50 years of successfully supporting a diverse range of U.S. federal missions, NEC’s proven touchless services and expertise drive digital transformation for federal agencies, improving processes, delivering touchless experiences, and making interactions seamlessly safe.
NEC’s secure access management solutions enable a seamless way to gain physical access to public sector facilities in a contactless and hygienic manner to reduce risk when returning to work. These solutions have been specifically designed to overcome concerns related to using keypads or scanning ID cards at several surfaces at federal agencies, government buildings, military installations, border ports of entry/exit, and more.
NEC also enables Elevated Body Temperature (EBT) Screening in place for detecting body temperature. Powered by NEC’s Digital Services Platform with industry-leading sensors and top-ranked NEC biometrics algorithm, the NEC NeoFace® Thermal Express is a robust and capable solution that can verify identities with face recognition even with face masks on. On the other hand, the company’s Secure, Hygienic Access Management allows federal employees and private citizens to access secure buildings or different restricted environments.
In doing, the technology detects people with or without masks. Furthermore, combined with EBT screening, the powerful system verifies the person’s identity, including the potential health risks, before providing them entry into a facility.
We’ve been not only building, deploying, and maintaining cybersecurity solutions, but doing it at the highest level
Committed to innovation and transformation in the public safety arena, NEC draws on its award-winning solutions resulting from rigorous research and development. NEC’s touchless services backed by the ingenious Digital Services Platform has enabled government entities to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives while minimizing the health risk of its employees and private citizens they serve. These agencies also benefit immensely from the company’s adept biometrics algorithms that make touchpoints touchless in response to the post-COVID world.
Essentially, NEC offers Identity as a Service (IDaaS)—a hosted identification service model that enables public safety agencies to meet diverse identity and forensic department requirements with a suite of Integra-ID solutions powered by cutting-edge technologies. With more than two decades of experience in providing IDaaS, NEC provides an extensible unimodal or multimodal platform that includes Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), Multimodal Biometric Identification System (MBIS) and Facial Recognition System (FRS), hosted on both private and public cloud, such as Microsoft® Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service also provides APIs for third-party systems or custom-developed applications. The AI-enabled accurate facial recognition and fingerprint identification work equally well for remote work environments, allowing for real-time monitoring for failover safeguards in the event of a disaster. Moreover, the solution also comes with a comprehensive web-based monitoring tool with intuitive system reports that include performance status, statistical information, transaction volumes, and repository quality and growth rates.
A Melting Pot of Advantages
NEC’sNEC’s IDaaS brings numerous core cost advantages to the table, eliminating large capital expenditures required to meet identity and forensic needs. The affordable monthly operating expense-as-lease fee includes all solution deployment, administration, and support provisions. NEC’s solutions have been developed from an integration standpoint, keeping government entities’ adaptability, configurability, and interoperability needs in mind. The multi-modal, fully integrated enterprise solutions offer end-to-end capabilities that support and enable diverse missions. NEC also presents open architecture solutions that integrate with other COTS technologies to support customers with seamless, quality biometric solutions.
Continuing its 120-year legacy as an ICT leader, NEC is singularly focused on combining and integrating its technology and expertise to power the ICT-enabled society of tomorrow. The company is driving transformational change, bringing in new approaches to delivering and managing communications and IT services. With nearly 50 years supporting federal identification missions, NEC delivers scalable, end-to-end solutions that enable the U.S’s safety, security, and economic interests. “The year 2020 marked a major turning point for our society. Along with the heightening of uncertainties brought about by COVID-19, people’s lifestyles and work styles, as well as, medical educational, and other social systems as a whole underwent major changes. Through these changes, we have experienced the great power and value of digital technologies. These digitally spurred social changes are most likely to continue from now on. I would like to see NEC stand at the center and be the driver of these dynamic changes,” says Takayuki Morita, President and CEO, NEC Corporation.