Miyoshi, NEC to market face recognition surveillance system in Asia

Miyoshi Optoelectronics and NEC Asia Pacific have partnered to jointly market an advanced facial recognition surveillance system in Singapore, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia, according to a report by The Nation.

The companies are introducing a system that integrates NEC’s NeoFace Watch, a real-time facial-recognition engine, into Miyoshi’s Digital SRS, a wireless audio-video wearable device.

Miyoshi said the integrated solution is “a highly reliable, low-latency, body-worn server/transmitter with COFDM streamer and COTS camera, personal ruggedized lithium battery on a Molle vest”.

Security officers using the integrated solution will receive “instant analysis of what they see, enabling them to provide actionable intelligence to commanders,” according to Miyoshi.

NeoFace is an artificial intelligence (AI) facial-recognition engine with the world’s highest authentication accuracy.

The engine generates real-time alerts when matching faces against a watchlist of people to rapidly find a match for a person of interest.

Through the partnership, the companies will jointly assess viable market segments, applications and potential customers, as well as share the collected information and collaborate in publicity efforts.

The companies have already signed a pilot contract with an unnamed Southeast Asian country, where the system is being “used daily for border protection and search and rescue missions in the northern borders,” Miyoshi said.

“NEC has the world’s best facial-recognition software, being No 1 in both the accuracy and speed of recognition,” said Miyoshi CEO Andrew Sin Kwong Wah. “Miyoshi has one of the most reliable body-worn systems with the ability to transmit digital HD video on high uptime proprietary wireless encrypted channel.”

The integration of the two companies’ equipment is “one of the most powerful and competitive public safety surveillance solutions in the market today for law enforcement and border security,” NWC managing director Lim Kok Quee said.

Last week, NEC announced that it is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events.

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