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NEC Marks Half a Century in New Zealand

NEC Marks Half a Century in New Zealand

15 May 2013 - NEC marked 50 years of business in New Zealand with the opening of a state-of-the-art Technology Innovation Centre in Wellington last month.

The new centre was opened by Prime Minister John Key and the Japanese Ambassador Yasuaki Nogawa. The ceremony was attended by a number of members of core infrastructure companies, technology and science leaders, government departments and executives from NEC Corporation.

The new centre, located at NEC House on Taranaki Street, showcases NEC technology in telecommunications, biometric security systems, digital visual displays, and machine to machine services and robotics. All of these are the result of numerous local partnerships between NEC and New Zealand universities and businesses.

Visitors to the innovation centre are greeted at the entrance by Sumiko, a biometric avatar equipped with inbuilt cameras and facial recognition technology. Sumiko is the centre's full-time receptionist and is programmed to welcome visitors, greet them by name, open the door to them and email their host to let them know of their arrival.

“While the technology we have on display here is spectacular and exciting, the Technology Innovation Centre is not merely a showroom," says NEC's NZ director and general manager Leonard Dench. "With the latest technology brought in from Japan and regional HQ (APAC), the centre exhibits an engaging and interactive combination of office space and research and development facilities to enable NEC New Zealand to deliver on our promise of empowering people through innovation by developing total solutions in accordance to the needs and suitability of our local market.  It is about the collaboration of companies and encouraging the open sharing of information to develop innovative solutions for various consumers, businesses and communities. It is also about bringing the knowledge, products, ideas and technologies of businesses together to create new possibilities, and share them with both New Zealand market and for export," he adds.

"For most of those 50 years, NEC has collaborated closely with partners to successfully deliver solutions based on the smart use of technology, most notably with Telecom New Zealand. Telecom New Zealand continues to be an integral part of our business here," says Peter Davies, corporate services manager at NEC. "However, the NEC Partnership Programme also covers a wide range of industries including agriculture, telecommunications, retail, advertising, and various academic research projects. Partners are chosen for their fit with NEC direction and commitment to establishing long term working relationships that empower people though innovation. As part of the NEC Partnership Programme, NEC has been developing a strong network of channel partnerships throughout the country. These channel partners  work with NEC to deliver many leading edge technologies including our impressive visual display products, which can be seen in branches of the ASB Bank and every night on TVNZ’s news," he adds.

According to Davies, the company is currently working with partners "to develop improved resources management tools for dairy farmers, particularly in relation to dairy effluent management, innovative digital signage solutions for retailers and ground-breaking identity management solutions based on our world-leading expertise in biometric recognition".

The company which has now been in business in the country for half a century, employs 120 staff in 16 sites across the country.

"As one of the world's leading providers of communications networks and IT solutions, NEC wanted to ensure its Wellington head office reflected its role, championed its technology, nurtured its staff and inspired its clients. Consequently we actively seek and encourage our customers to visit the innovation centre and see what we have to offer," adds Davies.

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

About NEC in New Zealand
Since originally supplying technology to New Zealand in the 1960’s, NEC New Zealand is a leading solutions and service provider of IT and network, telecommunication and identity solutions. With innovation at the heart of the organisation, NEC New Zealand’s commitment to quality, reliability and value has seen it through more than 50 years of innovation in New Zealand. NEC’s state-of-the-art technologies are backed by local technical expertise and are used in various creative applications to enhance the lives of the people in New Zealand every day, from connecting callers to sorting mail items, from providing timely updates via diverse digital signage network to empowering law enforcement agencies with biometric technologies.

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NEC Press Contacts:

Peter Davies
Acting Corporate Services Manager NEC New Zealand Ltd
Ph: 04 381 1111

Masako Hirano
NEC Asia Pacific
Ph: +65 63792570