NEC to provide facial and fingerprint recognition to make Indian city safer

July 30, 2015 - 

NEC Corporation announced that NEC India and AP Technology Services Limited (APTS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the areas of IT for smart city initiatives in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Under the terms of the MoU, NEC will partner with APTS in designing and implementing the Safe City Project at Tirupati, India in an effort to make the city more secure and safer for its citizens through technological innovations.

NEC will support APTS in implementing the Safe City Project in Tirupati along with creating an environment that is attractive to investors by providing leading solutions and technologies, including facial recognition systems and automated fingerprint identification systems.

As part of the Safe City Project at Tirupati, both parties will collaborate in a range of areas, including cyber security in response to increasing cyber threats in India, as well as smart transportation for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) sector in order to improve operational efficiency and increase passenger satisfaction by using the latest ICT solutions.

In addition to the Safe City Project, NEC will research potential ways of establishing a Centre of Excellence (CoE) and a Development Centre (DC) that could help with R&D, capacity building and offer consulting on a range of technological projects.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work closely with the Andhra Pradesh government in contributing to the state’s vision of creating a better society and a safe habitat for its citizens, said Koichiro Koide, managing director of NEC India. “We are confident that NEC’s technological capabilities, global experience and local understanding, in partnership with APTS, will bring new value to the safe city projects in Andhra Pradesh.”

Using the experience acquired from this project, NEC aims to provide similar services and to contribute to additional smart and safe city projects in other parts of India.

Previously reported, NEC Philippines has deployed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila in an effort to maintain a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes.

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