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Melbourne & Tokyo, 1 September 2015 - NEC Australia, along with NEC Corporation, today announced that it has partnered with the Northern Territory (NT) Police Force in Australia to implement leading edge forensic facial recognition technology to fight crime and keep communities safer.
As a leader in adopting innovative technologies to enhance public safety, the Northern Territory Government has deployed NEC’s NeoFace Reveal solution, an internationally acknowledged facial recognition technology, to help the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services fight crime and protect the community.
NEC Australia’s in-country Research and Development team based in Melbourne is working closely with NT Police to develop applications using NEC’s world leading facial biometrics technology that meet the NT Police operational requirements.
In choosing NEC's facial recognition technology, the government has selected the vendor that achieved the highest performance evaluation in the tests performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (*).
The NEC system has now helped Northern Territory Police identify hundreds of individuals in support of its enforcement and safety responsibilities by enhancing the value of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage for investigation purposes.
After an initial trial phase, the government has announced it will move to a second phase that broadens its application in crime fighting.
The system allows personnel in Northern Territory Police to rapidly search through their database of photos and match against any image or CCTV footage, as well as photos taken from body-worn camera videos, drones and phone images. The chief advantage of face recognition over fingerprint identification is that face images can be captured from a distance without touching the person being identified.
“This new facial recognition software has already helped police identify or rule out suspects and it is exciting to see it move to the next phase,” said Adam Giles Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.
To date, NEC’s face recognition software has assisted NT Police in identifying over 300 people, including: