FOR IMMEDIATE USE NEC launches its first “NEC Biometrics Excellence Center” in India Bangalore, May 26, 2010 - NEC India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Asia (HQ: Singapore) and NEC Corporation (HQ: Japan), is officially launching its first “NEC Biometrics Excellence Center” (N-BEC) in Bangalore, India, today. The excellence center will provide world class engineering competency to cater to the company’s global chain engaged in development, deployment and support of identity solutions for the international market. This center is also aimed at accelerating the expansion of NEC’s global multimodal identification solutions1 and integrated security solutions business, including its renowned automated fingerprint identification solutions and face recognition solutions.
NEC has been developing fingerprint matching technologies for more than 3 decades and its technological superiority in biometrics identification has been proven by several accuracy tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S.2.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Koji Oda, Managing Director, NEC India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The public safety market in India has huge potential and the setting up of this Biometric centre, is indicative of our commitment to the India market. We foresee greater adoption of biometric solutions in India, particularly in civic amenities and various social schemes.” In February 2010, NEC Corporation announced its mid-term growth plan that targets an increase in the company’s public safety business to 100 billion yen through capitalizing on group-wide resources. The establishment of N-BEC is regarded as one of the first key steps towards realizing this goal.
“The setup of this NEC Biometrics Excellence Center is to showcase NEC’s capabilities in the biometrics field, and by capitalizing on all our resources and engineering, geographic and technological expertise in this area, we will be able to strengthen our core competencies and bring our biometrics technologies to greater heights,” commented Mr. Takaya Kobayashi, General Manager, Government and Public Global Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.
The centre initially employs around 50 people and will ramp-up its operations to meet the market demands in future. NEC will capitalize on its central competencies in engineering, geographic and technological expertise to drive the development of N-BEC.
“We are well positionedto target this segment because of our long standing leadership in biometrics and our experience in showcasing our capabilities in this field. Karnataka state in India has been using indigenously developed NEC’s biometrics enforcement system since 2003, and this is one of the most accurate forensic system in the market till date. Hence the setup of this NEC Biometrics Excellence Center enables us to play an important role in reforming identity lifecycle and bringing about reforms at every level from education, land records, hospitals to being a part of social schemes rolled out by the Government,” said, Mr. Kris Ranganath, Chief Technical Officer, Government and Public Global Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.
NEC’s biometrics solutions have been utilized in more than 200 applications by over 30 countries throughout the world, including law enforcement and border control agencies, as well as in civil identification and national election systems that require large-scale, highly accurate and rapid data processing.
As one of the key engineering competency center, N-BEC will support NEC’s engineering operations worldwide and enable the company to quickly respond to wide variety of customer requirements - from proposal drafts and specifications, to product development, customization, deployment, and support engineering. The N-BEC that will be managed by NEC India will also develop and deploy solutions for India market and play a leading role in expanding NEC public safety market in India.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.
About NEC India Pvt. Ltd.
NEC India Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture between NEC Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (NEC APAC) (90%; HQ Singapore) and NEC Corporation (10%; HQ in Japan), was established in New Delhi, India, in August 2006. To strengthen NEC's business capabilities in India and also to expand its IT and networking businesses in the rapidly expanding Indian market, NEC India works with its customers to introduce new solutions and services for a ubiquitous networking society, supported by Next Generation Network (NGN), a result of NEC's vision of NGN and IT integrated technologies. Leveraging on NEC's unique capabilities in integrating IT and networking technologies for a diverse customer base across governments, businesses, individuals and society worldwide, NEC India customizes solutions to construct large-scale, highly reliable, scalable and flexible IT and network systems, such as Security and Surveillance Systems, Carrier Network, IP Telephony Solutions, Retail solutions (Hardware and Software), Private Network Solutions (Enterprise and Exchange wide EPABX, IP Telephony, KTS), High Performance Computing (Super Computers), IT products such as Servers, Storage and Thin Clients in addition, to the sale of its Multimedia Products such as Projectors and Commercial Display Products and Solutions for the Indian market.