Supporting diverse services with next-generation information and communications infrastructure

As digital networks connecting people, things, and contexts evolve and society becomes more advanced, the importance of information and knowledge increases. NEC is creating information and communications infrastructure from technological assets found everywhere from the ocean floor to outer space. This infrastructure will allow people and companies throughout the world to utilize information safely, securely, and equally.

New social value spread by IoT

The expansion of mobile networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to bring about 5.5 billion Internet users around the world and 1 trillion connected IoT devices. By freely connecting “people, things, and contexts,” we are creating new experiences and social value—such as personal interactions using multilingual speech translation and automation of transportation systems—that will lead to a more prosperous society. Furthermore, by integrating cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with these connections, unprecedented experiences, including cooperation with robots, will unfold.
To realize these new experiences and value, high-speed and high-capacity communication as well as security that enables safe and secure connections are becoming critical. The role of information and communications infrastructure is also undergoing a major transformation from “connecting information and data efficiently” to “supporting diverse services.”

Toward information and communications infrastructure
that can be used “like the air we breathe”

To realize information networks that allow diverse services to be freely used by anyone, anytime, developing information and communications infrastructure with outstanding stability and reliability is essential. Toward this end, NEC is integrating its flexible communication assets such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) with AI technologies to enable Visualization, Analysis and Prescription of networks. NEC is focusing on IoT and 5G communication to further advance information and communications infrastructure so networks can be freely and conveniently—and safely and securely—used without users being conscious of them.

NEC initiatives for the future

NEC is working to realize convenient and secure network environments to develop information and communications infrastructure for the IoT and 5G era.

Developing next-generation information and communications infrastructure by cooperating with telecom carriers

NEC is working with telecom carriers to improve social infrastructures and realize a smart society. One example is a jointly developed SDN/NFV*1 information and communications infrastructure that dynamically allocates resources to support a variety of applications on multi-layer/multi-domain wide area networks.

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    NFV: Network Functions Virtualization

Protecting IoT/5G-era information and communications with high-speed lightweight encryption technology

Information security is essential to protect the volumes of mission-critical information generated by IoT and 5G. NEC combines its proprietary TWINE high-speed, lightweight encryption technology with OTR*2 data falsification detection technology to enable security technologies to be incorporated in a wide range of devices. This is one of the many ways NEC is advancing information and communications for the IoT era.

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    OTR (Offset Two-Round): Encryption scheme developed by NEC. It was submitted to the Competition for Authenticated Encryption funded by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and cleared the second round. NEC is aiming for OTR’s selection as the next-generation technology at the final selection in 2017.

Reading NEC Vision Book 2017

More information about NEC's vision for social value creation and the steps we are taking to achieve this vision can be found in NEC's Vision Books.