NEC technology deployed for Japanese digital security project in Ivory Coast

Last week a delegation from the Japanese Ministry of the Interior and Communications assessed an Ivory Coast tech project underway at the Information Technology and Biotech Village (VITIB), during a tour of the pilot sites to ensure a strong working relationship between NEC and its local partner, Ivorian telecom operator VIPNET.

VITIB is the Ivory Coast’s technological development launchpad and its primary mission is to strengthen the capacity of local businesses.

According to an Abidjan report, VITIB management took the Japanese delegation on a tour of the village where they were able to experiment with NEC surveillance and facial recognition software and test a contactless electronic payment solution at a restaurant checkout.

VITIB Director Philippe Pango said that “we are very pleased with the results of this pilot phase.”

NEC representative Hata Takeshi was also pleased with the project and noted that NEC and VIPNET are committed to developing and implementing innovative secure access control solutions in Côte d’Ivoire. “The Information Technology and Biotechnology Village will be the first Ivorian platform to be equipped with surveillance and facial recognition software to identify the people who will work there and a contactless electronic payment solution.”

NEC recently announced the development of what it calls “Person Re-identification Technology” that is capable of matching images of people whose figures are partially hidden from cameras, even if the image is taken from behind or from the side.

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