NEC contributes to safety in New Delhi with facial recognition pilot test

New Delhi: NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that its subsidiary NEC India Pvt. Ltd. and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have started testing an intelligent video surveillance system using facial recognition technologies.

The test will be conducted for two months at Central Park, New Delhi, as part of the NDMC’s initiative to make the city smarter, safer and more efficient under the Indian Government’s plan to build 100-smart cities across the country.

NEC has deployed closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras at Central Park and surrounding areas for monitoring the area from a control room. The company’s intelligent video surveillance system will perform real-time matching of people entering the park against the NDMC’s watch list of preregistered individuals, which enables the NDMC to automatically identify and detect a person of interest from CCTV footage and to rapidly take appropriate action to reduce the risk of public safety threats.

At the heart of the intelligent video surveillance system is NEC’s NeoFace® Watch facial recognition software. NEC’s facial recognition algorithm has achieved the worlds’ highest performance evaluation (*) for the fourth consecutive time in vendor tests carried out by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Shri Naresh Kumar, Chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council said, “Central park is the emblematic heart of the country. Enhancing our technologies and infrastructure is part of our roadmap towards fulfilling our goals of becoming the global benchmark for a capital city. we are glad to partner with NEC India to enhance the safety and security of the community.”

“This project is another example of NEC’s leading position in the field of public safety. We are delighted with the opportunity to work closely with the New Delhi Municipal Council in contributing to the state’s vision of creating a better society and a safe environment for its residents. We will continue to work in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Council to build a safer, secure and smarter Indian society through provision of our cutting edge safety solutions,’’ said Takayuki Inaba, Managing Director, NEC India Pvt. Ltd.