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Safety for the Future Societies

Genesis of Machine Intellect

In 2016, there were 25 internet-connected devices for every...

Escalating Dangers in the Borders

According to Global Terrorism Index 2016, terror attacks...

Outbreak of Global Threats

In March 2016, three deadly blasts shook Brussels: two at Zaventem airport and one at a subway station...

Biometric Identification

Gateway to Public Safety and Security

Accurate, secured and versatile safety solutions by NEC ? The world’s most accurate biometrics9

With the growing need to use biometric identification to provide robust security at borders as well as to grant access control in critical infrastructures, the integration of AI technologies is more critical than ever (e.g. liveness detection, tailgating detection etc.). Not only that, accurate and secure authentication are also necessary for safe and efficient operations of e-businesses and e-governance with growing number of online transactions (e.g. banking, public administration etc.).

NEC boasts a solid history of supplying biometrics ID systems across the globe, leveraging 40 years of experience with 700 systems located in more than 70 countries worldwide. NEC also provides multi-modal solutions including fingerprint, face, iris, voice and more.

  1. NIST-Proven Accuracy

Video Surveillance

Safeguard Cities, Homes through Cyber-Physical Fusion

Combat risk of human intrusion and physical destruction.
Prevent crimes even before they happen.

With security concerns being the focal point in today’s IoT era, there has been an increase in camera surveillance but the effectiveness of such surveillance is limited to the availability of human resources in monitoring all gathered data. As such, the need arises to install AI-based technologies to generate automated alerts for detection of suspicious persons and unusual behaviour from video footages. Cyber-physical integration is thus, essential to link criminal activities with actual suspects in the physical word.

NEC possesses the world’s finest high-performance face recognition technology that facilitates real-time surveillance. We also offer behaviour analysis technology to detect suspicious behaviours or abandoned objects, and analyze crowd behaviour. Through extensive application of video analytics, NEC’s surveillance system creates a full-proof security wall that analyzes crime data with real time monitoring.

Applications for Public Safety

Citizen Services &
Immigration Control
Law Enforcement
Critical Infrastructure
Integration with
Cyber Security



In a bid to strengthen the global fight against cybercrime, NEC signed a partnership agreement with INTERPOL. Under this agreement, NEC delivered the core technical elements to fight cybercrime in the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).


NEC holds strategic partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA) in key areas of airport and cargo facilitation, safety and security (e.g. biometrics etc.) to drive global standards and sustainability amongst world’s airlines.


NEC holds membership with International Association of Public Transport (UITP), providing access to sustainable urban mobility and safety solutions in efforts to make cities better to live in.

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Case Study

NEC built Safe City model for Tigre, Argentina

NEC developed a public safety platform for Tigre known as the Tigre Operations Centre (COT) as the city centre’s brain for conducting real-time monitoring 24/7. COT is based on integrated surveillance systems that implement sensitive tracking of criminal activities of which are designed to deter crimes. Vehicle theft rates were slashed by 80% added with the improved overall wellbeing of city dwellers.

NEC provides an intelligence surveillance for Atanasio Girardot Stadium - Medellin, Colombia

NEC provides an intelligent surveillance solution by Facial Recognition (NeoFace) to identify individuals fast and accurately against a database of known troublemakers. That way, it is possible to restrict their entrance at each gate for a safer operation.
After the rollout of the system, thousands of people are checked immediately when they are admitted in the stadium and also while they remain there. Potential troublemakers are identified fast and accurately and will be deterred from entering the stadium preventing disturbance. Another crucial result is the significant improvement for the work efficiency of stadium employees.

Proposed NEC Solutions:

Face Recognition System

NEC improved urban prospects for Wellington, New Zealand

NEC collaborated with the Wellington City Council to enhance the city’s wellbeing towards becoming smart, safe and eco-friendly. It initiated multiple projects to overcome the increasingly complex urban issues, offer environmental protection and enhance city resilience. NEC’s platforms enabled the council to generate real-time information, with the council being able to coordinate well with agencies in serving the people of the city.

Proposed NEC Solutions:

Cloud City Operating Centre

NEC provided biometric border screening at John F. Kennedy International Airport

In 2016, NEC installed its premier facial recognition solution, NeoFace Match, at the JFK International airport - the largest international airport in the U.S. with the longest average waiting time. NeoFace’s speed and accuracy has greatly increased the level of Homeland security in U.S. by ensuring express and accurate border clearance.

Proposed NEC Solutions:

NeoFace Solutions

NEC reinforced domestic and overseas security support systems with Cyber Security Factory

With cyber attacks becoming more frequent, sophisticated and damaging by the day, physical systems are no longer 100% safe. NEC’s Cyber Security Factory solutions offer worldwide security intelligence that is systematic and proactive. NEC’s core facility for global security support combines human understanding, information and cutting-edge technologies to craft advanced security measures against constantly evolving cyber-attacks. Moreover, by establishing 6 Security Operations Centres (SOC) around the world, including Singapore, Brazil and Japan, NEC contributes to safe, resilient societies via follow-the-sun model.

Proposed NEC Solutions:

Cloud City Operating Centre

Whitepaper Infographics

Digital ID: Enhancing Air Travel and Passenger Experience

The prevalence of airport security problems goes unnoticed today with spiralling security costs and long waiting time which adversely affects passenger convenience. This infographic illustrates how digital identity enables a frictionless passenger journey in airports from check-in to arrival at destination.

Digital ID: Optimizing Identification and Access Management in Critical Infrastructures

This infographic highlights the challenges faced by critical infrastructures today, including both external and internal factors. Discover how digital identity can not only optimize operational efficiency but also transform the experiences of key stakeholders.

Securing Experiences via Digital Identity

The proliferation of technologies within societies (e.g. Internet of Things) has led to the rapid convergence of cyber and physical spaces. This Executive Briefing Paper delves into the Rule of Three for security today and how latest innovations (e.g. integration of biometrics, video analytics and cybersecurity) can be leveraged to ensure that. Discover how digital identity transforms customer experiences and operations within airports and critical infrastructures as we journey through to bring seamless experiences to passengers, security operators etc. on a day-to-day basis.

Integrating Physical and Cyber Security for Safer Cities

Looking into 2030, the implications of globalization will be more prominent than ever in the face of mass movement of people into urban areas in search of new opportunities, creating unprecedented challenges. To safeguard important public infrastructures, authorities will increasingly deploy smart city technologies to the point of subjecting cities to complete dependence on them. However, focusing solely on deploying the best technological solutions does not necessarily make a city more secure. How can NEC help with its unique Cyber-physical fusion technologies to promote safer cities?

Infographic: Integrating Physical and Cyber Security for Safer Cities

Technology today is advancing at an accelerated pace which have brought the convergence of the cyber-physical world, making cities are more vulnerable to attacks than ever before. Evolving from an efficiency-driven city to one that embodies an inclusive, resilient society can be achieved by leveraging horizontal technologies to deploy cutting-edge solutions. Discover how organizations can address the emerging risks to critical infrastructure with NEC’s Cyber-Physical solutions in this Frost & Sullivan Infographic.

NEC Public Safety Whitepaper: Biometrics

A recent study on Australian passport officers by PLOS ONE journal revealed that 1 out of 7 fake passport photos are being overlooked by officers, bringing about a high error rate of 14% among officers and this is especially alarming considering the massive air travel today. So, how does advanced biometrics help eliminate such security flaw and ensure that public safety is never compromised at all times, especially for border control and law enforcement?

NEC Public Safety Whitepaper: City’s Planner’s Handbook for Public Safety

With the global population trending towards increasing urbanization levels (with 70% projected to be urban by 2050), cities face increased sophistication and security challenges. In this context, proper and effective urban planning has been the focus of city planners in order to respond to varying security threats, whether physical or cyber, as well as to build a societal balance between public perceptions of technological integration for public safety against its perceived benefits. As such, a more human-centric approach is required in successfully deploying smart technologies for the 7 key public safety areas.

NEC Cyber Fusion Whitepaper

The degree of city threats today is very much real, devastating and destructive. Coordinated cyber attacks have crippled numerous critical infrastructures of cities and countries worldwide. Public authorities can no longer shield cities with mere traditional cyber defences. The scale of cyber warfare only continues to spread further. How can city authorities create safer cities through cyber fusion and put an end to cyber-physical security threats?

Future Safe and Smart City Whitepaper by Tech Research Asia

To be a smart city is first to be safe. True safety lies in protecting the stability and security of all people, from the smallest of suburban areas to the largest of urban metropolises. And in part of achieving this smart city goal, there exist multiple challenges in implementing such a huge-scale strategy. Thus, what are the next steps for city planners to ensure that public safety projects are well-delivered, of which is fundamental to smart city success?


Sustaining Urban Infrastructures with Cutting Edge Technologies

The number of attacks on critical infrastructures is on the rise. Airports, power generation plants, government services, stadiums, big event venues and open spaces have become soft targets for physical and cyber-attacks due to the domino effect they create. How can urban planners leverage on cutting edge technologies such as AI-IoT, biometrics, cyber security and the integration of emerging technologies to deploy optimal solutions?

More information:White Paper

NeoFace Watch

NEC’s NeoFace Watch delivers face recognition solutions with speed, accuracy and performance. It is the fastest and most accurate face matching technology (biometrics) under all conditions, including matching poor resolution facial images as low as 24 pixels. Bring non-intrusive, real-time monitoring to fight crimes and build safety for the people.

More information:Face Recognition

Integrated Urban Safety Solutions: Tigre City, Argentina

In line with The Program of Cities for People, the city council partnered with NEC in order to foster “safe, vital, sane and healthy cities”. With NEC’s solutions such as Citizen Collaboration for Security, Licence Plate Analyzer etc., Tigre has emerged to become a Safe City model in Latin America with NEC’s public safety platform.

More information:Tigre Case Study

Face Recognition demo at LPGA ANA Inspiration

NEC demonstrated Face Recognition Technology, NeoFace, at LPGA ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, CA, USA. This is LPGA's first major tournament and the number of attendees are increasing year by year.
With media coverage also increasing, credential management has become a key factor in the overall venue infrastructure.
In addition, it's important to secure the safety of both attendees and golf players for the organizer.
Watch how NEC's NeoFace has greatly increased the user experience all while providing an expanded level of safety and security.

Cyber Fusion

Fusing cyber and physical intelligence to combat cyberterrorism. NEC’s Cyber Fusion Centre integrates multiple applications of technologies from digital forensics, malware analytics to cyber surveillance in order to identify true source of cyber attacks, trace possible suspects and physically locate the cyber-criminal(s) responsible.

More information:NEC Cyber Security Solutions

Client Testimonials

NEC solved various issues with integrated solutions, delivering world-class airport services at RIOgaleao - Tom Jobim International Airport

NEC’s experience in Brazil and globally made them our ideal partner. Thanks to NEC’s integrated solutions, we can make the airport safer, securer, and more comfortable for everyone.

Alexandre Villeroy,
CIO, RIOgaleao Airport, Brazil

NEC transformed Wellington into a smart, safe and eco-friendly city

Working with NEC has been a real pleasure. They have been adaptable and they brought new technologies to help us solve difficult problems of today’s cities. It is really exciting to start seeing the results of our partnership with NEC. We include people, we improve the environment and it’s going to be a very successful, exciting digital economy.

Celia Wade-Brown,
Former Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand

Recent News

NEC facial recognition adopted by major cities across Georgia

NEC is providing an advanced surveillance system under the directive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia for its cities utilizing facial recognition technology. Operating since June 2017, NeoFaceR Watch processes real-time video from 400 CCTV cameras installed in Georgia's major cities, including the capital, Tbilisi.

This system was introduced as part of Georgia's "Safe City, Safe Region, Safe Country" program aiming to improve public safety.

NEC face recognition reinforces security at 23rd Summer Deaflympics

NEC's leading face recognition technology was implemented in the 23rd Summer Deaflympics Games to ensure the security and quality of experience for the participants. This was the first time such innovative technology had been used as a key security measure for the international multi-sport event.

The solution included 30 NEC face recognition checkpoints to verify the identities of participants and ticket holders, by referencing a database of photos that were provided in advance of the events.

NEC receives Frost & Sullivan's 2017 Asia Pacific Integrated Biometrics Solutions for Public Safety Leadership Award

NEC received this industry-leading recognition at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific ICT Awards banquet held at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. This award acknowledges NEC’s contribution for its growth performance in biometrics within Asia Pacific. NEC has had large deployments of its multimodal biometrics solutions in border automation, e-passports, law enforcement identification, crowd control, and surveillance within the Asia continent.

The award was presented to Mr. Aw BengTeck, Global Marketing Director, NEC Global Safety Division, Singapore.

NEC tests facial recognition with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on select Dulles International Airport (IAD) flights

NEC and CBP have piloted a biometric test by deploying NEC's commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) NeoFace® Express device and cloud-based NeoFace matching on flights to Dubai at a gate operated by Emirates Airlines at Washington Dulles International Airport. By simply going through NeoFace Express, faces of passengers will be captured and instantly matched with the immigration system, promoting frictionless biometric exit process for airports.

This biometric pilot represents the last phase of CBP’s Biometric Entry-Exit Program with focus on exit till 2018.

NEC participates in INTERPOL World 2017

NEC, with its NeoFace technology was chosen to manage entry to INTERPOL World Congress at the INTERPOL World 2017 that was recently concluded in July. The system carried out identity authentication of delegates by matching pre-registered facial images with that of INTERPOL’s existing database.

INTERPOL World represents a strategic platform as it welcomes more than 10,000 private and public institutions to address future security challenges. Held in Singapore for the 2nd year, INTERPOL World 2017 delved into three themes: identity management, cybercrime and safe cities.

NEC's Video Face Recognition Technology Ranks First in NIST Testing

NEC's face recognition technology achieved the highest rating in the recent Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE) testing performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is the fourth consecutive time when NEC has received this top recognition.

Over the years, NEC has successfully developed feature point extraction technology that enables enhanced face recognition using deep learning technologies.

Upcoming Event

Oct 2-5, 2017
Futurecom 2017

Experience the digital innovation in communications, software and IT technologies with NEC at Futurecom 2017, taking place between 2?5 October at Transamerica Expo Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Futurecom serves as a business development and networking platform committed in providing solutions and stimulating businesses in the aspects of technology and innovation, centred upon three central themes: Family & Citizen, Companies and Government.

Oct 8-12, 2017
37th GITEX Technology Week

Join NEC’s showcase of cutting-edge technological solutions along with thousands of other global tech leaders at the 37th GITEX Technology Week, taking place between 8?12 October at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.

GITEX Global is regarded as “the world’s most important technology event”. Presenting over 4000 global tech leaders with more than 230 tech experts, expect to be enlightened with insightful discussions about the latest technologies and innovations that would revolutionize society.

Feb 24 ? Mar 1, 2018
Mobile World Congress 2018

Gather for the 9th installation of the world’s largest congress for the mobile industry, aimed at creating better societies through technological digital transformation. GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018 carries the theme, “Creating a better future” with mobile and will take place between 24 February - 1 March at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain.

The 2018 Edition is expected to attract more than 108,000 attendees, and 2,300 exhibitors, setting the industry standards for leading mobile innovations.

Mar 6-8, 2018
ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018

Discover NEC’s latest technologies, solutions and best practices in developing a safer, more secured world at the International Exhibition for National Security & Resilience (ISNR) 2018, taking place between 6?8 March at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi.

ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018’s core theme will focus on “Homeland Security & Resilience” that is set within the borderless, cyber-driven, IoT world today. ISNR will be co-jointly featured with Infosecurity Middle East and Emergency Response and Disaster Prevention (EMDI) at ADNEC.

Awards & Accolades

Frost & Sullivan's 2017 Asia Pacific Integrated Biometrics Solutions for Public Safety Leadership Award

Awarded for NEC’s leading multimodal biometrics solutions (i.e. NeoFaceR Watch Facial Recognition Suite etc.), largely deployed within Asia Pacific

Ranked # 1 in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)

Market leader with over 62% market share globally
[Global Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) Report, 2016]

Ranked # 1 in Facial Recognition Technology by NIST for 3 consecutive years

Ranked first in US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Face Recognition Vendor Test 2014 for NeoFace®

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