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NEC describes new I:Delight platform for touchless biometrics, signs Australia smart city deal

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NEC describes new I:Delight platform for touchless biometrics, signs Australia smart city deal

Solutions to support the “new normal” of public health concern must make touchpoints contactless and provide a scalable biometric platform for hygienic customer experiences, NEC argues in a whitepaper.

The 7-page “Vision of a Touchless World” whitepaper positions NEC’s I:Delight as the secure and scalable digital identity management platform for a wide range of use cases.

Integrating thermal sensors is presented as a first step toward sensor fusion to detect COVID-19 symptoms and provide contactless services. Biometric technologies like face and iris recognition, and analytics technologies like behavior detection, body recognition, video analytics and artificial intelligence are the tools NEC provides for successful implementations. The platform can be used for biometric access control, contactless curb-to-gate airport journeys, financial services, retail and healthcare applications.

In addition to enabling touchless authentication, I:Delight allows customers to opt in and self-enroll their information through their mobile devices, as well as facial recognition payments. The platform supports centralized, self-sovereign and mobile identity management models. The whitepaper also explains the platform’s deployment for aviation services, access management and payment services, common services like monitoring, audits and administration, and infrastructure services.

I:Delight was unveiled as a new concept late last year as a platform to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and digital transformation efforts.

Australian smart city partnership

NEC Corporation and NEC Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New South Wales Government to jointly create and develop a “Digital Safer and Smarter City environment,” according to a separate announcement.

The vision is to position the state as a global force in the ICT sector, according to the announcement. It includes plans for an Innovation and Technology Precinct around Sydney’s Central Station, and a basis for investment opportunities in some NSW Government lighthouse precincts.

NEC is already a partner of the NSW Government in multiple digital transformation projects.

The new partnership will focus on digital government, public safety, aviation, and health and smart transportation, leveraging NEC’s biometrics, along with 5G, IoT and AI technologies.

“The NSW Government is committed to making our lives environment-resilient and digital-friendly and this strategic partnership with NEC will help us become an attractive precinct for global and domestic business and investors, while at the same time providing innovative experiences for the people of NSW,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said.

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