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NEC features biometric technology at new Malaysian office, details touchless airport screening partnerships



NEC has provided details on a previously-announced biometrics partnership and another for body temperature screening, and has announced the opening of a larger office in Malaysia as it engages with the country’s growing market.

NEC Malaysia has officially opened its new, larger office to showcase its biometrics, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and touchless technologies for preview by public and private sector partners.

The company says organizations in Malaysia can experience smart city technologies at the new customer experience center contained in the new office.

A Malaysian government Minister and Japan’s ambassador to the country were among guests assembled for an opening ceremony.

“Visitors to our new customer experience centre will be able to see how NEC enables digital transformation for businesses across different industries and sectors in Malaysia and around the world,” comments NEC Malaysia Managing Director Chong Kai Wooi in the announcement. “Alongside our Centre of Excellence that supports NEC’s Managed Services and Call Centre operations for Asia Pacific in Sunway Iskandar, NEC Malaysia is well-positioned to co-create industry-leading solutions that benefit the country and its people.”

“Malaysia is on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution,” Prime Minister’s Department for Economic Affairs Minister Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed states. “As we navigate the uncertainties from COVID-19 and move to the digital economy, we need to introduce innovative solutions that benefit our society and ensure shared prosperity for all Malaysians. I congratulate NEC on the opening of their new office and look forward to their continued success.”

Malaysia was reported last year to be considering a pitch from NEC to supply biometric technology for a national digital ID project, which may eventually grow to take in other use cases.

Airport partnerships with SITA and Infrared Cameras detailed

NEC Today fills in some of the details of the partnership announced earlier this year between SITA and NEC to implement the I:Delight biometric identity management platform with SITA Smart Path for end-to-end touchless airport journeys.

SITA provides IT infrastructure for 80 percent of the world’s airports, according to the article. The partnership brings NEC’s Advanced Identity Matcher – Edge Source (AIM-ES), with a leading algorithm for accuracy, as validated by NIST testing. NEC stores the biometric data of travelers in the U.S. for six hours before destroying it, according to the post.

The combined solution powers biometric self-service check-in, self bag-drop, security screening and self-service or assisted boarding.

NEC Corporation of America and Infrared Cameras’ previously-announced partnership for passenger screening at airports in Hawaii is likewise explained in a company announcement.

Infrared Cameras’ thermal cameras are used in NEC’s Thermal Screening solution at five major airports in the state, replacing a previously manual screening process. Passengers with body temperature readings of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher may be denied access to the flight.

The combined solution is designed to be easy to operate and understand, with red and green lights and hot or normal temperature indicators. The cameras provide temperature screening with a variance of 0.1 to 0.3 degrees, according to the announcement, which the companies say makes it the most accurate and reliable solution of its kind on the market.

“Working with Infrared Cameras Inc. to deploy thermal screening solutions helps us empower airports that handle large volumes of foot traffic in realizing a safer, more efficient way to continue operations,” says Jason Van Sice, sales vice president for NEC’s global aviation practice. “By leveraging intelligent thermography to remove typical bottlenecks associated with screening, we ensure that airport operations are better equipped to handle increased passenger traffic as passengers feel confident resuming travel for business or leisure returns to higher levels.”

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