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NEC Australia says advanced recognition systems will protect citizens
Thu, 9th Nov 2017
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NEC Australia says that advanced recognition systems are bringing together physical and cybersecurity with the power of data analytics and AI – to enormous benefit for Australian citizens.

NEC and Frost - Sullivan released a white paper this week that underlines how advanced recognitions ‘can deliver a safer and more secure for Australia and the Asia Pacific'.

The company says there are three major technological forces that are redefining business, cybersecurity and public safety. These trends include the combination of physical and cyber, growing use of AI and big data in smart cities and IoT device deployment.

Biometrics is already paving the way for advanced recognition by combining people, places and patterns for authentication and identification purposes.

According to NEC Australia, its main mission is to ultimately help government and businesses serve and protect citizens. Advanced recognition systems foster identity matching.

Multimodal biometrics technology, including fingerprints, voice and facial characteristics, can also help authentication and identification, the company says.

IoT security still poses challenges for cybersecurity, but the technology's potential to gather and report data in situations such as public safety threats should not be overlooked.

“We predict that 8.4 billion IoT devices will be connected worldwide by the end of this year, and our conservative estimate for 2020 is that more than 20 billion devices will be deployed. As the use of biometrics extends into broader commercial applications, an approach that incorporates people, places and patterns may become the very fabric of future smart ecosystems,” comments Frost and Sullivan research analyst Audrey William.

In smart cities such as Auckland in New Zealand, NEC deployed enterprise-grade sensors that enabled traffic analysis and pedestrian flows to improve public safety and urban planning.

NEC says it is committed to making Australia safer.

 “NEC is investing substantially in new technology to safeguard against integrated cyber-physical attacks. Our advanced recognition systems are at the forefront of biometrics internationally and they're giving our customers the tools to make security a business enabler rather than a hindrance,” comments NEC Australia director of sales and solutions, Andy Hurt.

The company has worked with border control, law enforcement and crowd control to deploy large-scale advanced recognition system deployments. Local agencies include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the South Australia Police and NT Police.