Is Your Customer Service At Risk?

So much depends on your company’s 1-800 numbers and call center.  Periodic outages, dropped calls and poor signal service can leave a lasting negative impression.  Such incidents aren’t easy to recover from, tarnishing your brand name and possibly even leaving your organization scrambling if a disappointing experience goes viral.

What is your disaster recovery plan for Toll-Free Number (TFN) connectivity?

Lacking such a plan could be a costly financial and reputational mistake for your organization.

What to do …

Imagine having the ability to move your 1-800 and contact center numbers from one carrier to another instantaneously during an outage, ensuring inbound call continuity. This way your customers can access your agents and their support with no disruption.

It’s totally doable …

NETWORK CONNECTWith NETWORK CONNECT Toll-Free Dynamic Protection – our disaster recovery solution for toll-free connectivity – call traffic is protected regardless of carrier outages at your location. Our built-in out-dial and inbound failover provides optimal toll-free and contact center resiliency by circumventing issues that are the root cause of downtime and outages while protecting against poor service quality.

  • NETWORK CONNECT’s M2M and AI algorithm-based call routing automatically directs out-dial calls to the best quality-of-service from over 375 U.S. and international carriers.
  • Our Toll-Free Dynamic Protection Service provides inbound call continuity by programmatically moving your 1-800 numbers from a non-working carrier to a working one.

This innovative toll-free protection service is easy to deploy, cloud-managed and comes with no or minimal upfront cost. It also provides operational cost efficiency due to our carrier plan’s wholesale pricing.

NETWORK CONNECT platform of services provides five-nines reliability, optimizes cost, and adds an extra layer of service assurance without the need to change any day-to-day operations. Additionally, it provides a single pane of glass management interface for your entire voice network, with visibility down to the individual call level.

Want to learn more …

Explore firsthand how we can protect the integrity of your major customer touchpoints with uninterrupted access from everywhere and in the most proficient and cost-efficient way possible.

Request your no-obligation toll-free disaster recovery lunch and learn demo to get started.

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NEC Maintains Top Rank in 2022 NIST FRVT Report

NIST Ranked #1 Globally

  • #1 in Mugshot Identification
  • #1 in Border Security Identification
  • #1 in Mugshot Identification over age differences

At NEC Corporation, we take great pride in our legacy of creating the best technology in our field and our biometric authentication algorithms are no exception. Our #1-ranked National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) algorithms are trusted every day to provide accurate and secure results across sectors including commercial aviation, hospitality and the United States government.

Adding to this legacy, we are excited to share that NEC’s facial recognition algorithm earned the top ranking from NIST’s most recent Face Recognition Vendor Test across multiple categories.

NEC earned top recognition in the categories of Mugshot Identification both globally and in the United States, Global Border Security Identification, and Global Mugshot Identification over age differences, as well as Mugshot to Webcam Identification here in the U.S.

These rankings match the very real, positive impact our technology has on society every day. For example, U.S. CBP Deputy Commissioner, Troy Miller, recently shared in an interview1 that facial recognition technology, including our algorithm, has identified more than 1,000 imposters attempting to enter the country with false documents since 2018 – decreasing potential crime and creating safer communities.

For more than two decades, NEC has consistently surpassed competitors’ algorithms in the categories of accuracy and speed. This remains true even when demographic differentials including race and sex are accounted for and when subjects wear protective face masks. Our algorithm passed internal tests with a rate of over 99.9% in 1:1 verification when face masks of various colors and patterns were worn by individuals – ensuring security and supporting public health.

The latest NIST results showed NEC’s algorithm outperformed the entire field of 329 entries submitted from all over the world on mugshot identification. Our NEC-005 algorithm demonstrated a False Negative Identification Rate (FNIR) of just 0.0017 at a False Positive Rate (FPIR) of 0.001, respectively.

This same algorithm outperformed a field of 289 entries on Mugshot to Webcam identification with an FNIR of .0120 at a FPIR of .001.

NEC’s facial recognition algorithm is called upon by professionals across a diverse range of use cases in critical moments and is counted on for its reliable and accurate results. These use cases include criminal investigation, immigration, military security and national identification within the entertainment industry.

We have implemented more than 1,000 systems with our top-ranked fingerprint and face recognition technologies in more than 70 countries and regions around the world.

Our team works to create the most accurate and reliable product possible to ensure safe, accessible and enjoyable experiences for every person who uses our technology. While navigating access points can often be a hassle, we see a touchless and frictionless future made possible through our first-ranked biometric authentication algorithm.

To read more, you can access the full NIST report, here.

Learn more about our #1 ranked algorithm’s use cases here.

1. https://about.bgov.com/news/facial-scans-catch-impostors-at-border-as-agencies-embrace-use/

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How Prepared Are You For An Emergency Call?

Don’t wait for a problem to find out

It’s concerning enough should someone within your organization or facility find it necessary to dial 911. It’s even more worrying if there’s any uncertainty about your company’s ability to handle such a call.

Recent legislation has made improving onsite safety a company matter. Whether it’s Kari’s Law for direct 911 dialing and personnel alerts at locations using multi-line phone systems or the RAY BAUM’s Act that requires dispatchable locations of 911 callers, organizations must be confident in their compliance with such regulations.

Of course you can verify that your communications system supports a flexible dialing plan. Or you can check that your communications platform is upgraded with the necessary software or hardware. But perhaps the most important question is … is your carrier the best in supporting emergency situations? Are they equipped to handle Dynamic E911 calls quickly and efficiently? What’s their plan should a network issue occur when it’s needed the most?

If there’s any hesitation to these questions, then we have something for you – NEC NETWORK CONNECT. This intelligent carrier call routing solution is ideal for day-to-day business communications and collaboration. But for emergency situations that demand urgent E911 assistance, it’s unmatched in reliability and control.

So how does it work?

With NEC NETWORK CONNECT you gain open access to a network of Dynamic Emergency Service Providers with built-in automatic failover, re-routing capability and carrier diversity. We use M2M and AI algorithms to automatically route calls – including those to emergency services – through the network with the best quality service for optimal accessibility and performance. If a network issue exists, calls are simply rolled to the next preferential network in real-time, putting an end to possible carrier downtime and outages.

There are other benefits too

With NETWORK CONNECT you work with just one provider – us – for carrier service and support, as we consolidate over 375+ U.S. and global carriers into a single consumable provider-neutral service. No more relying on a single carrier or juggling multiple ones instantaneously. Call traffic and activity becomes totally transparent while billing gets consolidated into one monthly invoice. If you have more than one location, our Global Orchestration service can combine your multi-site, multi-vendor network for greater oversight and simplified management.

Explore the advantage of NETWORK CONNECT with the following short, informative video:

NETWORK CONNECTThen there are the cost savings. Standard carriers use retail pricing, rates that are rounded up and there might even be hidden costs. Not NETWORK CONNECT. We offer wholesale pricing, with no hidden costs. Our usage charges are accurate to the second for cost efficiencies. Plus, our services are quick and easy to deploy with minimal upfront costs … so you can get started and begin saving and feeling confident in E911 responsiveness quickly.

Let us show you how our global presence and unmatched carrier diversity can help ensure E911 compliance in the routing of emergency calls while improving carrier billing and cost savings.

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How Today’s Touchless Technology Gives Customers Options and Control

Creating a digital profile streamlines online shopping in significant ways. The convenience promotes future orders and customer loyalty. Imagine how delightful it will be when brick and mortar stores enable the popular option for in-person shopping. Today, creating a Digital ID is possible with NEC’s I:Delight platform.

For example, when a shopper saves their preferences and payment information to a personal profile accessible from their mobile device and provides authorization with rapid and accurate facial recognition, stored customer loyalty information can be instantly applied. Thus, empowering customers to control their digital data and how it is used, while their customer experience is enhanced with fewer touches and less risk.

All of this can be achieved with NEC I:Delight, a highly secure and scalable Digital ID management platform. Using NEC’s award-winning face recognition algorithms, this robust, cloud-native platform streamlines ordering and payment at quick service restaurants; facilitates check-in at next-generation hotels; and provides expedited entry and payments at entertainment venues and stadiums.

NEC I:Delight also enables touchless passenger checkpoints from curb-to-gate at airports, provides streamlined access to office buildings, and verifies patients and authorizes staff at healthcare facilities. The platform is interoperable, scalable and can be used by many industries to provide long-term value, transforming the customer experience.

Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, which includes a coalition of 26 member airlines, uses NEC I:Delight to power its growing biometric passenger processes and modernize its entire travel ecosystem. In addition to curb-to-gate verification, passengers who opt-in through the Star Biometrics app will be able to use their Digital ID for VIP lounge access, wayfinding, airport purchases, transportation fares, hotel check-in, attraction passes and more. All without showing a boarding pass or opening their wallet.

With NEC I:Delight, the customer maintains control of their Digital ID and its uses. Customers can change profile settings as needed and opt-out just as easily.

For more detail check out this three-page preview our whitepaper that provides more in-depth information about NEC’s Digital ID platform.

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See how Digital IDs can work for you. Take a guided virtual tour and discover the frictionless, touchless capabilities of I:Delight by visiting our Virtual Customer Experience Center.

Hitting the Customer Journey Fairway with NEC I:Delight

It was exciting to join Dan Shube on the “Golf and Travel Show” to talk about the latest innovations making travel safer and airport security more effortless.

Most golfers enjoy traveling to take on new challenges at golf courses in the U.S. and around the world. Unfortunately, air travel has been chaotic and challenging the past couple of years, which has impacted these avid golfers’ ability to enjoy their favorite activity.

Safe and seamless air travel

i:DelightDan and I discussed advancements in Digital ID management, biometric technology and touchless transactions to make traveling safe and seamless.

Instead of fumbling with bags, tickets and passports, NEC’s biometrics and Digital ID management elevates the customer experience from curb-to-gate. Frequent flyers can eliminate paper boarding passes, as well as reduce wait times at airport security using our opt-in advanced face recognition technology.

NEC is continuously upgrading the biometric algorithm to meet health and safety guidelines, including face recognition while wearing masks. On the show, we shared a laugh about the innovations enhancing the customer journey and leaving the tech from “Star Trek” and “The Jetsons” in the dust. So, while air travel may never be “fun”, we are working hard to make it as stress free as possible.

Specifically, we talked about NEC I:Delight, a complete Digital ID management platform that enables touchless traveler verification and secure transactions. Using I:Delight, airports and airlines increase:

  • Privacy controlled by passengers who opt-in and choose how their Digital IDs are used.
  • Safety for travelers and employees, verifying identity with face masks in place.
  • Efficiency enabled by processing passengers faster with fewer touches and interactions.
  • Interoperability with existing technologies at airports, as well as iOS and Android apps.
  • Scalability to expand capabilities, including retail and restaurant purchases at the airport to car rentals and hotel check-in.

Listen to our conversation on the Golf & Travel Show here.

Learn more about the ways NEC is reshaping the aviation experience with a seamless, safer customer journey.

See how Digital IDs can work for you. Take a guided virtual tour and discover the frictionless, touchless capabilities of I:Delight by visiting our Virtual Customer Experience Center.

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