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Providing safety and security for daily life and society in both the physical world and the cyber world
Globalization and advancement of IoT have led to the rise of various kinds of threats to daily life and society.
NEC supports safety and security through cutting-edge, world-class AI and biometrics technologies.
The world today faces many challenges: threats to society from crimes and terrorist acts, threats from natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and threats from cyber attacks that are becoming increasingly stealthier and more sophisticated. Global population and urbanization will continue to increase, and by 2050, it is forecasted that 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. As national and regional borders fade with the advancement of urbanization and globalization, maintaining public order and ensuring the safety and security of infrastructures will become more critical than ever. Moreover, the need for measures to protect cities and lives from natural disasters caused by global warming and from large-scale earthquakes and tsunamis will become more pronounced.
Meanwhile, as new social values are generated through the “connectivity” brought about by the advancement of Internet of Things (IoT) that links people and things of all sorts, allowing us to more deeply understand contexts, this connectivity also brings with it an increase in security risks. Today, we are seeing an uptick in cyber attacks and organized crimes perpetrated by specialized groups. These attacks not only cause damage in the cyber world through the infiltration of information and communications technology (ICT) systems, such as data loss or falsification and theft of information assets, but also bring threats of physical damage into the real world (physical world) as seen by increasing incidents of unauthorized entry into facilities and acts of terrorism. As the advancement of IoT continues, it is clearer than ever that we will need both physical and cyber safety measures to protect our social infrastructure and ensure that it runs stably.
NEC leverages its sensing and surveillance technologies to visualize people, things, and environmental changes in the real world and then analyzes the collected data by using artificial intelligence (AI). This data is converted into information from which new knowledge can be obtained and applied to the real world to prescribe actions there. NEC has a unique array of technologies for detecting abnormalities in social infrastructures and predicting failures in critical facilities, as well as for quickly detecting suspicious behavior, congestion states and unusual phenomena in public spaces. These technologies make cities safer by preventing incidents and accidents before they happen. NEC also offers the world's most accurate* biometrics technologies that are deployed in many countries and regions around the world, delivering reliable results for their users.
In the field of cyber security, NEC carries out advanced initiatives in developing security measures for preempting cyber attacks, detecting system abnormalities, and automatically detecting unknown cyber attacks using AI technologies. NEC is also reinforcing cyber security measures through the establishment of a core facility specializing in cyber security and through the global deployment of safety solutions catering to worldwide needs. Going forward, through alliances with cyber security vendors and collaborations with international agencies and partners worldwide, we will continue to strengthen our cyber security operation frameworks, develop human resources, and enhance our solutions and services.