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NEC face recognition - 3 consecutive wins in NIST vendor test [5:18]

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Urbanization is happening on a global scale.

According to United Nations reports, urban populations are growing rapidly, from five percent in 1950 to more than 20 percent in 2000. By 2050, it is predicted that over 40% of people will be living in cities.

Estimates indicate that by 2025, urbanization in Asia will exceed 50%.

Rapid urbanization is triggering global-scale changes, such as increased movement of people between cities and a rise in crime and acts of terrorism.

Hitoshi Imaoka:
These global-scale changes are increasing demand for solutions that will enable people to live safely and securely. Our goal is to use our cutting-edge technologies to help create countries and cities where people can live in peace and security.

Vibrant cities where people can live safe, secure, and enrich lives.
One of the keys is facial recognition technology.

Facial recognition technology is used to identify a person from a video.
After determining where the face is in the picture, an advanced analysis algorithm extracts the features that are unique to each person, such as the eyes, nose and mouth, and uses this information to identify who the person is.

NEC's facial recognition technology has long been recognized as the best in the world.
NEC ranked top in an international biometric evaluation held by the USA's National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2009…

…and again in 2010 and 2013, comprehensively beating the competition each time.

NEC is clearly unsurpassed in this field.

In 2013, recognition performance of 1 to many identification, which is used in video surveillance and other security applications.

NEC beat the world's leading vendors and universities by achieving an ultra-low verification error rate.

In addition to world-beating accuracy, NEC also proved superior to the competition in terms of matching speed in tests of 1 to many identification.

NEC's safe and efficient biometric services are widely used in border control and
for controlling access to restricted areas.

Hitoshi Imaoka:
The facial recognition algorithm that we entered in the 2013 test was the only one in the world to achieve an accuracy rating of 99.9 percent.

Let me explain 1:1 verification using headshots of me.
The photo on the left is me now, and the photos on the right are me when I was younger.
Comparing them in order: me in my 30s, me in my 20s, and me in my teens, the software is able to correctly identify them as all the same person, even the photo taken 27 years ago where I look completely different.

Now I will explain 1:N identification whereby a specific person is identified from a large database of photos.

The software will search the database for a person who matches the current photo of me on the left.

Just like in 1:1 verification that I described before, the software is able to instantly identify me even though the photos of me in the database were taken at different times and under different conditions.

We have spent many years evolving our facial recognition technology.
I really believe that only NEC's facial recognition technology has the ability to provide a consistently high level of accuracy in all situations, especially in difficult cases such as when the subject has aged or when the photo was taken at an oblique angle.

NEC's facial recognition technology is already in use in more than 20 countries across the globe.

As the world battles with rising crime rates and acts of terrorism, there is increased demand for methods to preserve peace and keep people safe that do not stop at the border.
With its unrivalled usability and safety, NEC's facial recognition technology continues to satisfy the most stringent security requirements.

Vibrant cities where people can live safe, secure, and enrich lives.
NEC will continue researching facial recognition technologies that provide an even faster and more accurate performance in pursuit of this goal.


Photo: NEC Facial Recognition

NEC Corporation  announced that NeoFace, NEC's facial recognition technology, achieved the highest performance evaluation in the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2013 performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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(June 27, 2014)