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Annual Report 2016

Business Model: The Social Value That the NEC Group Aims to Create



  • Six Megatrends
  • The Seven Themes for Social Value Creation
  • Value for Society
  • One to Many
  • Working in Concert with Stakeholders to Find Solutions to Social Issues
  • NEC' s Distinctive ICT Underpinning Social Value Creation

NEC's Distinctive ICT Underpinning Social Value Creation

ICT connects numerous physical things in the real world and allows us to visualize them in the cyber world. By analyzing how these physical things are linked, we can better understand and predict the true needs of our stakeholders and help create new value for our customers and society. Artificial intelligence (AI) helps us visualize these physical things and analyze data. And controls and guidance help us turn the results of that analysis into services and solutions. Here are a few of NEC' s powerful ICT assets that help us in our quest to create new value.


The World's No.1 Face Recognition Technology

With over 40 years of continued R&D, NEC is a pioneer in the field of biometric authentication. We have implemented more than 700 biometric authentication systems in over 70 countries around the world. Our face recognition AI technology took first place at three consecutive Face Recognition Vendor Tests conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). There was an overwhelming gap between us and all other participating vendors each time. NEC has therefore established itself as the undeniable global leader in this area.


The World's First AI Technology to Support Big Data Analysis

Our “Invariant Analysis Technology” automatically models correlations between large amounts of sensor data to enable the early detection of anomalies that would otherwise be unnoticeable. The technology is being used for factory prediction monitoring and diagnostic systems.
And our “Heterogeneous Mixture Learning Technology” uncovers multiple relationships hidden in Big Data to automatically discover and predict useful patterns and regularities. This enables prediction and decision making in a way that makes reasons known in dynamically changing environments. It was previously problematic with machine learning technologies.


SDN Architecture: More Flexible and Efficient Networks

Traditional networks are complex, requiring a high level of specialized knowledge to modify or troubleshoot them. However, with the development of cloud solutions and server virtualization, networks are now expected to be more flexible and efficient. SDN uses software to achieve centralized management of a network, resulting in a network that is not only easier to modify than traditional ones, but also more flexible and efficient. NEC proactively led the standardization of SDN from early on. And, in 2011, NEC was one of the first companies in the world to release SDN products. Now, over 600 systems around the world rely on NEC' s SDN technology*.
* As of May 2016


Cyber Security Technology with Support from Agencies Worldwide and a Proven Track Record

NEC provides safe and secure ICT environments based on its “security-by-design” concept that requires strong security from the planning and design phases. We are also developing advanced technologies to help protect against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, including AI-driven measures against unknown attacks. Moreover, the cooperative ties we have forged with INTERPOL and other agencies have allowed NEC to collect and analyze threat intelligence from around the world to help strengthen cyber security globally.


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