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NEC to deliver facial recognition system for South Australia Police


NEC Australia together with NEC Corporation has been selected to deliver a facial recognition system to South Australia Police (SAPOL).

According to a statement by the company, the facial recognition technology will help SAPOL solve crimes faster, apprehend criminals earlier, and assist with criminal investigations, including searching for missing persons more efficiently. SAPOL expects the system to contribute to a safer community.

The turnkey system is based on NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition software and enables police to monitor, scan, detect and search images of suspects, even poor quality photographs and video streams, for matches against mugshot databases.

“The strength of NEC’s NeoFace technology lies in its tolerance of poor quality images and surveillance video, which allows law enforcement authorities to use evidence previously considered of little or no value in order to achieve higher rates of identification,” said Mike Barber, Chief Operating Officer of NEC Australia.

NEC’s finger scanning and facial recognition technology have been implemented in over 70 countries around the globe to support customers that include law enforcement agencies and large enterprises.

According to a report in GovNews, the contract is valued at $780,000 AUD ($552,000 USD).

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