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NEC to demonstrate Biometrics Technologies at IfSec South Africa

NEC Corporation (NEC) will exhibit its latest in security and surveillance solutions at the IfSec South Africa next week.

During the event, NEC will demonstrate how African governments and businesses can utilize biometrics technologies, with a focus on fingerprint identification and facial recognition, to safeguard lives and property.

NEC says the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), commissioned by the U.S Department of Homeland Security, awarded these technologies with the number one accuracy rate in the world of more than 99.9%.

The technologies can be applied to a variety of security and law enforcement systems, such as criminal identification, e-passport and national/state ID systems. NEC’s facial recognition technology enables real-time identification of people in video footage.

NEC will also introduce an intelligent surveillance solution with intruder detection. This will automatically detect unauthorized access, triggered by blacklist matching, unidentified objects and suspicious behaviour. Then it sends a video clip instantly to security personnel for fast response.

“We have a great supply record in African market, including the civilian fingerprint identification system for South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs,” said Eugene le Roux, deputy managing director, NEC Africa Ltd. “Our leading IT and network expertise and award-winning biometrics technologies make us the best partner for government and business in Africa for building safer communities more effectively.”

With NEC’s automated fingerprint identification technology, the South African government has achived the world’s largest civilian fingerprint identification system since 2002. Time needed for ID verification has been greatly reduced, and it has prevented identity theft and duplicated applications for social security payments.

System expansion and upgrades in 2008/2009 means it can now store more than 70 million fingerprint records and process as many as 20,000 searches in a single day.

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