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CrimTrac selects NEC to provide national facial recognition and fingerprint matching capability

Melbourne – 2 May 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading technology services company, has been selected by Federal Government agency CrimTrac to deliver a national capability for multi-modal biometric identification.

CrimTrac, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, has awarded NEC Australia the contract to deliver Biometric Identification Services (BIS) in 2017, and ongoing management and support services for 5 years following.

The BIS project will deliver a national solution for facial recognition, transforming Australian law enforcement and national border security agency capabilities in fighting crime and protecting the Australian community.

Specifically, NEC’s facial recognition technology will assist policing for the purposes of identification, linking and solving crimes, and rapid identification using mobile capture devices, and will further enhance national border security.

Facial recognition offers a number of advantages over other biometric modes, such as identification at a distance using recorded video footage and images, as well as real-time identification capabilities.

CrimTrac has selected a proven platform that leverages NEC's global expertise in designing and deploying multi-modal biometrics in law enforcement and border security. NEC’s fingerprint and facial recognition technologies are used by more than 1000 customers in over 40 countries worldwide, including the Northern Territory Police.

NEC has ranked first for accuracy and speed in three consecutive facial recognition annual benchmark tests conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“NEC Australia was able to offer CrimTrac a proven solution through our global partnership with the NEC Biometrics Centre of Excellence in Sacramento, California. Our proven solution is based on a state-of-the-art multi-modal biometrics platform that NEC developed for the US market,” said NEC Australia Sales Director Chris Korte.

The platform will replace CrimTrac’s National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), and make better use of already captured biometric data, such as existing police databases containing up to 12 million facial images and 6.7 million print sets.

NEC Australia’s implementation of BIS will also enhance CrimTrac’s traditional biometric modes for identification including fingerprint, palm print and foot print data. The BIS project will lay the foundation for CrimTrac to integrate additional biometric modes in future.

NEC Australia’s BIS project with CrimTrac is an important milestone achievement in NEC’s mission to highlight the value of our unique brand value. Our solutions leverage our strategic global partnerships with select partners to orchestrate a brighter world. Our offerings deliver more efficient critical infrastructure to make our cities safer by delivering more efficient policing services.

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Angela Coombes
Public Relations Manager
NEC Australia
T: 02 9930 2234
M: 0417 805 441