Four Pillars of Digital Government Identity Solutions

As consumers, business professionals, government, military and law enforcement personnel require convenient and fast digital access to services, there’s a greater sense of urgency to ensure safety and security.

NEC is committed to investing in global digital government technologies to solve real-world problems.

Watch the video describing our four pillars of digital government identity solutions:

  1. Safety – solutions for law enforcement, justice and corrections
  2. Security – de-centralized digital identity, identity verification and fraud prevention, applicant background checks, access and border control
  3. Efficiency
  4. Quality

Through our partnership with Microsoft, we are bringing our products and services to the cloud, making them readily available and accessible to clients, along with law enforcement agencies around the world.

With more than 50 years of innovation in biometrics technologies, NEC invests $2+ billion annually in research and development. We hold more than 47,000 patents, while harnessing our 10 research labs across the world with a goal of continuous innovation.

Learn more about our digital government solutions by visiting www.necam.com/stateandlocal. Or connect with an NEC expert directly by filling out the form below.

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The Frontier of Digital Security: Combating Deepfakes with NEC’s Advanced Biometric Authentication 

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, the surge of deepfakes poses a formidable challenge. These hyper-realistic forgeries, crafted using innovative AI, are a testament to technological advancement and a significant threat to digital security and trust. However, with challenge comes opportunity, and NEC Corporation, a global leader in IT and network technology, is at the forefront of this battle, leveraging its advanced biometric authentication technologies.

Understanding Deepfakes: A Digital Phenomenon

Deepfakes represent a fascinating yet alarming phenomenon in the digital age, a testament to the staggering advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These AI-generated fabrications, encompassing images, videos, and audio recordings, can create strikingly realistic representations of real people saying or doing things they never did. The term ‘deepfake’ is a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’, and these creations spearhead a new era in digital content creation – one that poses significant challenges to information integrity, personal privacy, and security.

  • The Birth and Evolution of Deepfakes – The origins of deepfakes trace back to the world of academic research, where deep learning algorithms, especially Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), were developed. GANs use two neural networks in tandem – one to generate content and the other to critique it. This process continues until the generated content is indistinguishable from real data. While the initial applications were academic, the technology soon found its way into more accessible platforms, leading to the rise of deepfakes as we know them today.
  • Deep Learning Behind the Scenes – At the core of deepfakes is deep learning, a subset of machine learning where neural networks – algorithms inspired by the human brain – learn from substantial amounts of data. In the context of deepfakes, these neural networks analyze thousands of facial images or voice samples to recognize and replicate patterns. They can alter facial expressions, lip movements, and even voice intonations, creating a digital impersonation that can be eerily accurate.
  • The Rising Sophistication of Deepfakes – As AI technology has advanced, so has the sophistication of deepfakes. Early deepfakes were often easy to spot due to their low resolution and visible artifacts. However, recent advancements have led to high-definition deepfakes that are increasingly challenging to distinguish from real footage. This level of realism is not only a technical achievement but also a significant concern, as it blurs the lines between reality and fabrication.
  • Ethical and Security Implications – Deepfakes have stirred significant ethical and security concerns. They can be used maliciously, such as creating fake news, manipulating stock markets, or impersonating public figures. Deepfakes also pose a threat to personal privacy and consent, as individuals’ likenesses can be used without their permission. These issues highlight the need for robust detection and verification technologies.

The Challenge of Detection

Detecting deepfakes is a cat-and-mouse game. As deepfake technology evolves, so must the methods to detect them. Traditional detection methods focus on inconsistencies in images or videos, such as irregular blinking patterns or unnatural head movements. However, as deepfakes become more advanced, detection techniques must also evolve, employing more sophisticated AI algorithms to discern subtle anomalies.

NEC’s Biometric Solutions: A Shield Against Deepfakes

NEC’s approach in tackling deepfakes is multifaceted, combining facial recognition, liveness detection, iris detection, and voice recognition. This integrated solution ensures a comprehensive defense against the risks posed by deepfakes.

  • Facial Recognition – NEC’s facial recognition technology stands out for its speed and accuracy. Recognized globally for its advanced algorithms, NEC’s facial recognition system can differentiate between genuine human features and those artificially generated by deepfake technology. This ability is critical in verifying identities in various sectors, from finance to social media. More on NEC’s facial recognition can be found on its global website.
  • Liveliness Detection – Liveness detection adds an essential layer to security protocols. By analyzing micro-expressions, eye movements, and other subtle facial dynamics, NEC’s technology can distinguish a live person from a digital impersonation. This feature is particularly crucial in real-time scenarios, such as online banking or virtual meetings.
  • Iris Detection – Iris detection, with its unique muscle patterns for each individual, age resistance, and top-class precision offers greater levels of accuracy and security. NEC’s iris recognition systems are highly sophisticated, providing accurate identification which is almost impossible to replicate using deepfake technology.
  • Voice Recognition – Complementing visual biometrics, NEC’s voice recognition technology analyzes speech patterns, tone, and other unique characteristics. This ensures that even if a deepfake video seems visually convincing, discrepancies in the audio can be detected, further safeguarding against fraud.

Applications Across Industries

NEC’s biometric solutions have broad applications across various industries:

  • Social Media Platforms: NEC’s Digital ID for social media enhances platform security by verifying user identities during creation, and at subsequent usage, thus preventing unauthorized account access and fake profile creations. Find more about this on NEC’s website.
  • Financial Sector: In FinTech, NEC’s Digital ID solutions, as elaborated on NEC’s FinTech page, play a crucial role in secure banking transactions, credit card fraud prevention, and regulatory compliance with KYC (Know Your Customer) norms.
  • Travel Industry: As detailed in the Travel sector solutions, NEC’s facial recognition biometrics enhance passenger experience and security in cruise ships and high-speed train travel.
  • Access Control in Secure Environments: NEC provides biometric access control systems for data centers, government buildings, and other sensitive areas, ensuring high-security levels and efficient personnel management. More details are available on them visit the Access Control page.

Conclusion: Embracing a Secure Digital Future

The digital world is a constant battle between innovation and security. Deepfakes represent a significant challenge in this regard, but with companies like NEC leading the charge with their innovative biometric solutions, there is a strong defense against these digital deceptions. NEC’s commitment to innovation, as seen in their continual R&D investments and adherence to global standards, makes their solutions not just a response to current threats but a preparation for future challenges.

In a world where digital security is paramount, NEC stands as a beacon of trust and innovation. By integrating advanced biometric technologies, NEC is not just combating deepfakes but is also paving the way for a safer, more secure digital future.

Global Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces at The IBA User Conference

NEC in partnership with the International Biometrics Association (IBA), was proud to bring together leaders in identification management and law enforcement at the 36th Annual International Biometrics Association (IBA) Conference. The conference is a must-attend event to experience the latest advancements in multi-modal biometrics, AI-powered solutions, facial recognition technology and legislation, as well as the updates to trends within the public safety community.

The conference theme, “The Untouchables: Biometrics of the Future,” gave a nod to the law enforcement agents known as “The Untouchables” who made their mark in Chicago by ending Al Capone’s legacy. NEC and IBA gave kudos to the Chicago Police Department, our host police department, for helping to make the conference enlightening and exciting!

Throughout the conference, there were motivational keynotes and interactive panel discussions, an evening cruise through the Windy City, followed by a celebratory Awards Banquet. Intriguing demos featured the newest technologies, such as NEC’s Integrated Biometric Workstation (IBW), along with latent and tenprint training provided by Innovated Solutions (I3) and Forensic Solutions.  

Diverse and Inspirational Speakers

The opening keynote was presented by William J. Bratton, Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk / Former Police Commissioner NYPD and LAPD Police Chief. During his almost 50-year career in law enforcement, Bratton instituted progressive change and dramatic drops in crime while leading six police departments.

He inspired us with his presentation on “Policing and Technology in America,” spotlighting where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going in law enforcement, emphasizing the ways technology helps solve crimes faster and more efficiently.

Eugene le Roux, NEC Vice President of Digital Government, and Gary Lac, NEC Vice President of Solutions Development, provided in-depth overviews of NEC’s digital government strategy and cloud-driven product roadmap—now and into the future.  

A session called “Delivering Tomorrows…Today,” was moderated by Neal Byrd, Vice President of Sales of NEC National Security Systems with participation from Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems, and Dr. Chris White, President of NEC Laboratories of America. The talk highlighted compelling use cases and the benefits of AI technology to solve crimes and prevent human trafficking.

Public safety innovators Microsoft and Vantiq shared a futuristic outlook of how Cloud and AI technologies are enabling law enforcement agencies to communicate more quickly and evaluate situational awareness in real-time to identify threats and public safety concerns more swiftly.

Several other speakers participated in the agenda, including members from the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Bipartisan Policy Center, Big City Emergency Management, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department who all spoke on a variety of topics.

NEC team members led legislation and panel discussions, as well as hands-on product workshops, certification training, and professional development sessions on:

  • Rapid DNA
  • CJISSECPOL Compliance
  • Mobile Identification Solutions
  • OSAC / FISWIG Updates
  • MBIS Cloud Deployments
  • Tattoo and Iris Matching

Winning with Advanced Biometric Solutions
The awards banquet recognized agencies that used NEC’s multi-modal solutions to solve their cases. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Facial Recognition: Arizona Department of Transportation, Detective Earl Fisher
  • Latent/Palm/Fingerprint: Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Jessica Santiago

Solutions Spotlight
Attendees got product sneak peeks and experienced demos of NEC’s biometric and AI technologies for state and local agencies, including:

  • NEC SmartScan™, a livescan solution equipped for today’s public safety challenges.
  • NeoFace® Reveal, a forensic face recognition solution for investigation and identification.
  • Integra-ID®, an Automated Biometric Identity Service (ABIS) contains a comprehensive range of tools for editing, selection, image enhancement, comparison and verification. The cloud-enabled, multi-service architecture supports multiple biometric modalities, such as fingerprints, palm prints, faces, irises and tattoos.

Take a moment to watch the video recap and check out the picture gallery from the conference.

As risks to public safety and violent crimes continue to make news headlines, the role of law enforcement and advancements in AI, biometric, and digital identity solutions remain at the forefront of priorities.

We look forward to the 2024 IBA Conference as we continue to create innovations to support law enforcement and public safety.

Solve Crimes While Saving Time and Resources with NEC SmartScan™

Many agencies in the U.S. are stuck with antiquated livescan systems. As advancements in digital identity solutions continue to evolve, now is an ideal time to consider an upgrade.

Our livescan solution, NEC SmartScan™, provides law enforcement and other government agencies with the most efficient, accurate, and user-friendly solution in the industry.

Proven benefits:

  • Automated image capture
  • Accurate fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition technologies
  • Accessible, user-friendly interface optimized for Microsoft® Windows® 10 and 11
  • Affordable, with custom leasing, budget-friendly payment plans, GSA pricing, etc.

Today, SmartScan is being used successfully by agencies across the nation at the local, state, and federal levels.

“NEC SmartScan saves our clients time, resources, and budget,” says Eugene Le Roux, Vice President of Digital Government. “Our livescan station provides best-in-class speed and accuracy in capturing fingerprints, palm prints, irises, mugshots, scars, marks, and tattoos. Now agencies can process more applicants, arrestees, and offenders in less time and with fewer workstations.”

To learn more about NEC SmartScan, please visit https://www.necam.com/smartscan/ and get the latest information and stay ahead of the curve by following us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/nec-corporation-of-america/. Or connect with an NEC expert directly by filling out the form below.

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Solve Crime, Detect & Prevent Fraud with NeoFace® Reveal

The facial recognition market is predicted to experience a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.13% from 2023 to 2030. The market was worth $5.8 billion USD in 2022 and is expected to surpass $16.5 billion USD by 2030, according to Reports Insights Consulting.[1]

Facial recognition has become an essential technology for many government agencies to support criminal investigations and to detect and prevent fraud for government benefits and credentials.

For more than 32 years, NEC has been a leader in facial recognition technology. We’re proud to offer NeoFace® Reveal, an easy and effective facial recognition application providing law enforcement, crime laboratories, and civil applicant processing agencies the ability to recognize facial images (ranging from good to very poor quality) by performing either a one-to-many (1:N) search or one-to-one (1:1) match against a database of thousands to millions of database records. NeoFace Reveal is the software solution for questions of identity for identification, investigation and verification use cases.

The strength of NEC’s NeoFace technology lies in its tolerance of poor quality as well as demographic diversity, whether age, gender, or race. Highly compressed surveillance videos and facial images, previously of little or no value, are now usable, leading to higher rates of identification. NeoFace facial recognition technology has been extensively and repeatedly benchmark tested by NIST[2] since 2009 and consistently achieves a first place ranking regarding search accuracy within the biometric industry!

Download the NeoFace Reveal data sheet to discover advanced capabilities, including quick search, video face de-clustering, morphological analysis and more. Or connect with an NEC expert directly by filling out the form below.

 

Source:

  1. Facial Recognition Market Set For Significant Expansion,” – Reports Insights Consulting
  2. NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT)” – Past & Ongoing FVRT Activities

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