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NEC provides SMBC with biometrics-based online authorization system


NEC Corporation is providing a new IT system for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) that enables the bank’s employees in Asia and Oceania to remotely and securely access desktop environments via the Internet.

NEC and the Japan Research Institute, Limited at the SMBC Data Center in Singapore, jointly developed the system, which is improving the efficiency of SMBC operations as it is phased into areas of Asia and Oceania.

In recent years, SMBC has accelerated the development of business platforms in Asia as part of a greater focus on the region that is detailed in the company’s medium-term management plan.

The newly developed IT system has improved the work efficiency of employees and is subsequently expected to contribute to the growth of business in the Asian market.

The system comprises of three platforms — authentication platform, virtual desktop infrastructure platform, and virtual server platform — which achieve security and convenience as well as reduces operating and management costs.

Authentication platform uses NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition software to enable employees to easily access the system without entering additional passwords.

The company’s virtual desktop infrastructure platform enables SMBC employees to remotely access desktop environments while out of the office on business trips, in client offices or working from home.

Finally, NEC’s virtual server platform enables SMBC to aggregate servers for multiple purposes.

“NEC globally provides ‘Solutions for Society’ that help to solve a wide range of challenging business and community issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow.” said Norihiko Kimura, general manager of NEC’s first financial solutions division.

Previously reported, NEC Corporation said it is testing its cashless payment services using NEC facial recognition technology with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co., Ltd. (Sumitomo Mitsui Card).

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