NEC facial recognition engine deployed for access control at EU Summit

NEC Corporation revealed today that its NeoFace facial recognition engine was deployed for access control at last month’s EU Summit in Sibiu, Romania. The biometric security system was provided through NEC’s Romanian branch office, a part of NEC Eastern Europe.

The NeoFace solution was selected by the Romanian Protection and Guard Service, the government agency responsible for providing protection for Romanian dignitaries and international representatives during their stay in Romania. NeoFace belongs to NEC’s portfolio of advanced biometric authentication technologies, Bio-IDiom.

During the summit, NEC’s face biometrics system was used to check a pre-registered list of facial images of senior officials against live streams from cameras installed at four gates in the venue. All participants in the program provided informed consent for the use of their images. This was part of a two-step authentication that consisted of facial recognition and the use of QR codes printed on guest invitations.

According to the announcement, this was the first time that biometric certification was used as a security measure at an EU Summit, and participating high-level officials were biometrically authenticated with high accuracy and speed, contributing to a safe, secure and smooth conference.

NEC is expected to launch a biometrics and image analysis service for large-scale facilities such as airports and sports stadiums to North America this month.

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