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NEC implements new Automated Fingerprint Identification System for the Philippine National Police

*** For immediate use July 22, 2015

22 July 2015, Quezon City & Tokyo - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that NEC Philippines has implemented a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila.

The AFIS is a biometrics system for automated fingerprint identification that consists of a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes. As part of assisting law enforcement, the AFIS enables sets of fingerprints recovered from crime scenes to be compared and matched against a database of known and unknown fingerprints.

The new AFIS provides 3 times faster search capabilities to identify crime suspects when compared to the previous system, while providing 5 times more storage capacity for storing fingerprint records. The new system will also be able to connect with other compatible AFIS locally or abroad, with export and import capabilities.

"Enhancing our technologies and infrastructure is part of our roadmap towards fulfilling our goals of making the Philippines a safe place to live, work, invest and do business. We look forward to implementing new technologies and to working with NEC to enhance the safety of the community," said Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, Officer-In-Charge, Philippine National Police.

"Through our research and development efforts, NEC continually pushes the boundaries of innovation to enhance our biometric technology to benefit our customers. We are glad to work with the Philippine National Police to implement our "solutions for society" offerings and contribute towards law enforcement efforts in the Philippines. NEC's vision is to contribute towards a society where safe and secure services are provided to people efficiently and equally, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the PNP in their technology advancement," said Ms Agnes A. Gervacio, President, NEC Philippines.

The new AFIS is part of PNP's Crime Laboratory Modernization Programme and plays a key role in the PNP Patrol Plan Vision of achieving a 'Highly Capable, Effective and Credible Police Service by 2030'.

NEC ranked first in the Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE 2012 or FpVTE) conducted by the United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which assessed the current capabilities of fingerprint matching algorithms. The fingerprint database used in the testing included around 5 million sets of fingerprint data, the largest database in the NIST's benchmark testing history. NEC achieved top ranking in the 10 finger identification tests, producing the best fingerprint matching results among the 18 companies and organizations that took part in the testing.


About NEC Philippines, Inc
NEC Philippines was incorporated in January 11, 1996, though prior to this, NEC was already present in the Philippines through its Manila Representative Office since the 1960s. NEC Philippines is primarily a sales, marketing & services company engaged in the supply of telecommunications equipment, computer systems, network, IP and Data Networks, ICT Integration, IT solutions and services, among others. NEC Philippines also recently launched NECare Center, its 24x7 support center that not only provides after sales and warranty support, but also offers other services like IT integration, project management and other IT- and networking-related services.

About NEC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Singapore-based NEC Asia Pacific is the regional headquarters for NEC Corporation (HQ: Japan) in the Asia Pacific region (South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania). As a leading infocomm technology provider and systems integrator offering regional sales and services support and consultancy, NEC APAC develops solutions on carrier network, global identity, RFID, enterprise server, unified communications, multimedia display, and contact centre, as well as provide outsourcing and managed services.

To leverage on its technological expertise, NEC APAC has established regional competency centres for public safety and display solutions to expand its capabilities and expertise to support businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

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About NEC Corporation
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