NEC Corporation, perhaps better known in South Africa for its consumer technology, was also at IFSEC SA to demonstrate its security credentials. The company has a broad range of biometric solutions on offer, which have been well received internationally as well as locally in government, as well as control room software that makes monitoring large spaces a breeze.
NEC’s biometrics offerings include facial recognition and fingerprint identification. The demonstration at IFSEC SA showed how the company is able to recognise designated faces on the fly, even as people walk by, offering a non-intrusive biometric identification option to those not keen on fingerprint or other technologies.
The company used this technology in introducing an intelligent surveillance solution with intruder detection. Analysing videos, it automatically detects unauthorised access, triggered by blacklist matching, unidentified objects and suspicious behaviour. After detection, it instantly sends a video clip to security personnel so they can quickly respond and assist.
“We have a great supply record in the African market, including the civilian fingerprint identification system for South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs,” said Eugene le Roux, deputy managing director, NEC Africa. “Our IT and network expertise and biometrics technologies make us the best partner for government and business in Africa for building safer communities more effectively.”
With NEC’s automated fingerprint identification technology, the South African government has operated the world’s largest civilian fingerprint identification system since 2002. It has greatly reduced time needed for ID verification and prevented identity theft and duplicated applications for social security payments. Due to the system expansion and upgrade in 2008 and 2009, the system now can store more than 70 million fingerprint records and process as many as 20 000 searches in a single working day.
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