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NEC's Facial Recognition Technology Achieves First Place in the Still-Face Dataset of the NIST Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge

NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a global leader in networking, communications and information technology, announced today that its face recognition technologies ranked number one in the Biometric Grand Challenge's (MBGC, *1) "Still-Face" Challenge Problem carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. NEC's face recognition technologies have solidified their leading industry position by attaining this number one ranking among all major vendors.

The facial images evaluated in the Still-Face Challenge Problem were taken by high resolution digital cameras under a variety of challenging conditions, including compressed images used for IC passports, and images taken under poor indoor lighting or direct sunlight. These situations were designed based on anticipated real-world scenarios, and NEC's superior test results have demonstrated highly accurate performance.

NEC's False Rejection Rate (*2) of 2.1% and False Acceptance Rate (*3) of 0.1% far outperformed technologies competing in the same category.

NEC's recognition algorithms, such as the "multiple face comparison method" (*4) and "perturbation space method" (*5), have been achieving highly accurate results since they first became commercially available through the "NeoFace"(*6) products in 2002. These NeoFace technologies, which reliably detect personal characteristics under a range of conditions, including different lighting and viewpoints, were developed at NEC's Central Research Laboratories.

The vender evaluation project organized by NIST aims to accelerate vendors' R&D and early application of newly-developed technologies for combating a wide range of hard to solve crimes. US agencies such as U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Department of Justice; the FBI; and U.S. Department of Defense have sponsored and supported this project, whose results are expected to attract a great deal of attention from the world's biometrics markets.

NEC has been researching and developing fingerprint matching technologies for forty years and face recognition for twenty years. In terms of NIST evaluation, NEC has been awarded first place ranking in speed and accuracy for various fingerprint, palm print, and partial print matching technologies since 2004, in addition to this newly earned first place facial recognition ranking.

NEC's facial recognition technologies have been adopted in Japan and around the globe-including in countries such as Hong Kong and Chile-for police solutions, immigration systems, and amusement parks. With this recent result from NIST, NEC will continue to promote and deliver biometrics solutions worldwide.

For further information on results, please visit the NIST website at:
http://face.nist.gov/mbgc/mbgc_presentations.htm

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