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NEC's NeoFace Facial Recognition Technology Delivers Best-in-Class Performance in Latest NIST Testing

Date: 24 Jul 2012
Category: Biometrics

Irving, Texas – July 24, 2012 – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication, biometrics and IT solutions, announced that NeoFace™, NEC’s facial recognition technology, achieved the highest ranking in JPEG Compression, JPEG Compression with Inter-eye Distance Reduction, JPEG 2000 Compression and JPEG 2000 Compression with Inter-eye Distance Reduction investigations performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and released in NIST’s Interagency Report -  NISTIR 7830 - Performance of Face Recognition Algorithms on Compressed Images.

Following the NIST 2010 Multiple Biometric Evaluation (MBE) testing, when NEC NeoFace’s algorithm demonstrated the fastest matching speed, the most-recent tests (http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/ig/mbe.cfm) conclusively demonstrate superior performance of NEC NeoFace technology  in dealing with real-world, highly compressed images to as low as 2,000 bytes, and inter-eye distance of as low as 24 pixels.

“NEC NeoFace technology’s strength lies in its tolerance of poor quality, highly compressed surveillance videos and images, previously considered of little to no value, leading to higher rate of positive identification,” stated Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of NEC’s Biometrics Solutions Division. “While searching of latent (scene of crime) fingerprints is the norm, NEC NeoFace facial recognition technology can now positively identify latent photos with high degree of accuracy.”

Since the 1970s NEC has invested significant resources in the research and development of its biometric identification technologies, and has consistently achieved world-leading results in independent, third-party testing. These latest test results re-confirm NEC's superior matching capabilities within the world of face recognition. NEC's facial recognition technologies have been adopted globally for law enforcement applications, immigration systems, and amusement parks.

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About NEC Corporation of America

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com