NEC Solution Identifies Boston Marathon Bombing


WEBWIRE – Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Irving, Texas – – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, managed services and biometric solutions, today announced its NeoFace® Facial Recognition Software solution achieved high accuracy in an independent study conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) and was able to identify a suspect from the recent Boston Marathon Bombing in the same study that simulated the post-bombing forensic work .

The MSU study’s focus was to examine the reliability of automated facial recognition (AFR) software to assist law enforcement in identifying suspects in a simulation of the forensic work done after the Boston Bombings. Media reports of the post-Boston Bombing investigation created a common perception that facial recognition technology is not always reliable because it apparently was not a factor in identifying the suspects. The published results of the MSU study challenge this perception.

In the MSU simulation, researchers used actual law-enforcement video from the bombing and searched it against a background database of 1 million law enforcement booking images. They found that the NEC NeoFace product produced a “rank one” identification—a match—of suspect number two.

“As conditions in the study were simulated to be representative of actual crime scene situations, including the limited, poor quality images available to the investigators of the Boston Marathon Bombings, the strong performance of the NEC solution is significant,” said Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of NEC’s Biometrics Solutions Division.

The MSU study found that the NEC NeoFace solution consistently registered highly accurate facial matching scores in the study’s simulation.

The MSU technical paper on evaluating automatic facial recognition technology can be accessed at: http://www.cse.msu.edu/rgroups/biometrics/

About NEC Corporation of America
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometric products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 44 countries and more than $37 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.© 2013 NEC Corporation of America.

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