Presented in partnership with the Money Pot at Money 20/20 – Bandadelic – A Podcast on the Colorful side of Finance presents:

“NEC VP of Enterprise Identity, Micah Willbrand, Interviewed at Money 20/20 on face scans, fraud fighting and all things digital ID”

Imagine walking into a sporting event where your face (and we know it’s lovely) is enough to get you into the game. Or a time when moving through airport check-in is as easy as smiling for the camera. That day has arrived, and the potential for biometrics to streamline your life — and fight fraud — is taking off. Micah Willbrand of NEC lets us in on the future that’s now, and how NEC is making it happen.

This podcast also discusses how the importance of secure and reliable identity authentication cannot be overstated in an evolving digital world. With the staggering increase in cyber fraud, phishing attempts, and unauthorized access, the fintech industry requires state-of-the-art solutions to ensure user safety and trust. NEC America presents its pioneering Digital ID system, backed by two decades of relentless advancements in facial recognition technology. Through this session, we discuss how the future of Digital IDs will shape the FinTech sector and ensure a robust digital ecosystem.

Listen Here – https://soundcloud.com/bankadelic/live-from-money-2020-ep-2-face-scans-fraud-fighting-and-all-things-digital-id  

Interviewed by Lou Carlozo – https://www.linkedin.com/in/loucarlozo/

More sessions from the Banadelic podcast series can also be found here. https://soundcloud.com/bankadelic

Identity Reimagined at Identity Week

Identity Week is recognized as an unmissable identity event! NEC National Security Systems (NSS) was proud to be the title sponsor for this year’s conference, October 3-4 in Washington, DC.

NEC NSS kicked off the event with a keynote, "Delivering the Future Today," which was co-presented by NEC NSS President Kathleen Kiernan and NEC Laboratories America President Chris White. Spotlighting the speed of innovation to address the speed of threat, they described new AI technologies that go beyond face recognition to anomaly and intrusion perimeter detection, fiber sensing, and more. The interactive discussion examined use cases for increasing trust in the modern decentralized digital identity ecosystem.

Immersive demos were key features at our booth, including:

  • NEC’s Gateless Entry combines the #1 face algorithm with proprietary person re-identification technology to allow fast and reliable entry control at speed for groups of people. Even if people are facing away from the camera or their bodies are occluded, Gateless Entry provides accurate matching.
  • Iris & Face on the Move offers the most advanced, robust and flexible identity authentication. Because a person’s iris pattern is unique, the solution delivers safe, convenient access to highly secure areas, businesses, government buildings, military bases, as well as stadiums, theme parks and more.
  • Intelligent Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (IPIDS) uses cutting-edge technology, industry-leading detection rates, and low false alarms to detect unauthorized entry quickly and accurately. This capability is a leap forward for the protection of Critical Infrastructure and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), increasing efficiencies and lowering costs.

Our team members described success stories and the latest advancements in authentication technologies during panel discussions and roundtables:

  • A panel discussion on Decentralized Identity with Jason Van Sice, Vice President of Aviation at NEC Corporation of America, fostered an in-depth discussion on how AI transforms digital identity management.
  • Austin Park, Director of Software Development at NEC NSS, led a panel discussion on AI, Automation and Machine Learning that focused on how AI is transforming identity management, concerns and issues related to AI, along with validation, governance and policy signals.
  • AI, Machine Learning and Identity: Differences, Similarities and Utilities Roundtable led by Frank Sangiorgi Senior Account Manager and Elena Harner, Solutions Engineer from NEC NSS, underscored how computer vision are rapidly evolving technologies. NEC’s active R&D keeps U.S. solutions on the forefront.
  • Triple Threat Detection: Identity, Video Analytics and Acoustics for Multi-Layered Intrusion Detection Roundtable led by Kelly Kipferl, Director of Solutions Engineering at NEC NSS and Dave Cunningham, Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Network Integrity Systems, led a roundtable discussion that looked at how fiber sensing provides real-time awareness, secures facilities and perimeters, including national borders, military compounds, data centers, diplomatic outposts and more.

NEC NSS hosted an uplifting networking event at our booth, celebrating the remarkable innovations within our industry, as well as the dedication of our colleagues in public safety, defense, military and government. The “on the tech floor” reception allowed for continuing conversations and some outstanding partnering opportunities.

We look forward to next year’s event! Until then, you can discover more about NEC National Security Systems or contact us to tour our Living Lab in Arlington, VA.

Safeguarding Fiber Optic Networks: The Power of Real-Time Monitoring and AI

In our increasingly connected world, fiber optic networks have become the backbone of communication systems, enabling seamless data transmission and connectivity. However, these networks are vulnerable to a range of threats.

Our industry-first, NEC Fiber Optic Smart Sensing (FOSS) solutions provide a way to protect network investments and reduce maintenance costs related to repairs and operational efficiency.

Watch the video to learn how to unlock the full potential of your fiber optic networks with NEC FOSS.

The NEC FOSS solutions combine our 20+ years of experience in transoceanic fiber optic transmission, our expertise with distributed acoustic sensing and advanced machine learning (ML)-based AI technologies to provide unobtrusive, low-maintenance detection capabilities.

Harnessing the Power of Distributed Acoustic Sensing
Distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) is a cutting-edge technology that utilizes fiber optic cables themselves as sensors to detect and locate physical disturbances along their length. This enables real-time monitoring of the network’s surroundings, allowing for immediate responses to potential threats.

Real-Time Monitoring with AI and ML
While DAS captures a wealth of data, its true potential is unlocked when combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. AI and ML can process the massive amounts of data generated by DAS systems and identify patterns indicative of potential hazards.

Benefits of Using FOSS:
1. Rapid Threat Detection
2. Cost Efficiency
3. Advanced Fiber Locating
4. Accurate Cable Route Mapping

To learn more about NEC FOSS and NEC National Security Systems, please visit necnss.com.

Reimagining Digital Identity and Air Travel

The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) played host to Future Travel Experience 2023. FTE Global was co-located with APEX (The Airline Passenger Experience Association) and IFSA (International Flight Service Association) Expo, making this the definitive event for innovators, technologists, designers, collaborators, and game changers in the air travel industry. NEC was proud to be the Diamond Sponsor of the event, including the Biometrics & Digital Identity Summit sponsorship.

Biometrics & Digital Identity Summit
The Biometrics and Digital Identity Summit brought in a packed house with Maurice Jenkins, Chief Innovation Officer, Miami International Airport, serving as moderator for a candid talk among industry leaders about their experiences using digital identity solutions including:

  • Nael Samha, Acting Executive Director, Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Chang Ellison, Identity Management Capability Manager, Enrollment, ID Proofing, and Vetting, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Christian Draeger, Vice President of Customer Experience, Star Alliance
  • Forest Beattie, Senior Manager Solution Engineer, SITA
  • Devon Heyns, Director of Customer Innovation at United Airlines, spotlighted the airline’s digital identity strategies.
  • Jenns Sanner, Program Manager at Fraport, presented the compelling business case for Frankfurt Airport to make one of the largest investments in biometrics to date with NEC.
  • Bill Carleton, Director, Advanced Recognition Systems, NEC Corporation of America, showcased the progressive digital identity solutions for airports, airlines, urban air mobility, cruise and hotel industries NEC is moving forward today.

Award-Winning Booth and “Identity Reimagined” Demos
We were thrilled to have our interactive booth recognized with the Best Exhibitor Award during the Global Networking Party and Awards Ceremony! Our booth showcased solutions that brought forward the notion of “Identity Reimagined,” using advanced recognition systems and leading-edge biometrics for secure, streamlined digital identity solutions, including:

  1. Decentralized Identity (DID) Enrollment and Authentication – Digital enrollment using the NEC I:Delight platform on IOS/Android/Microsoft devices.
  2. Baggage Detection Solutions – Object detection solution based on real-time video streaming and analytics.
  3. Intelligent Perimeter Detection – Detects physical border and facility breach using fiber optic sensing and self-modifying, machine-learning-based AI.
  4. Intelligent Spaces – Detects behavior and dwell time in specific areas for security and operation in airports.
  5. Parallel Reality™ Experiences – Technology from Misapplied Sciences creates personalized airport experiences for each of a hundred people simultaneously sharing the same digital display.

Personalized Airports
NEC and Misapplied Sciences also hosted an exclusive showroom tour to showcase, “Personalized Airports powered by Parallel Realities™ Technology.” Attendees were wowed as they explored the immersive and interactive capabilities and personalized airport experiences while simultaneously sharing the same digital display.

Relive the experience by watching our FTE Global video recap and check out our photo gallery.

Learn more about the ways NEC can help you take travel to new heights with Digital ID. Contact us today.

A Modern, Cloud-Based Communications Platform Simplifies Everything For Higher Education Institutions

Universities, community colleges, and vocational schools are under constant pressure to increase services, do more with less, and make sure every constituent group – from students to staff to alumni – feels informed and engaged. A fully integrated cloud unified communications platform goes a long way toward improving student, staff, alumni, and community experience, outreach, and engagement – regardless of whether classes are in person or online.

That’s where NEC and UNIVERGE BLUE come in. NEC has been in business for 120 years, expertly navigating the evolution of communications technology and UNIVERGE BLUE is just the latest in a long line of innovations.

UNIVERGE BLUE’s cloud services offer several key benefits that higher education institutions can take advantage of to both simplify and modernize their communications infrastructure. Streamlined collaboration allows users to communicate more efficiently and resolve issues faster. Cloud-based unified communication systems offer superior scalability which saves budget and additional resources. Robust security measures help protect critical data and information from unauthorized access.

Streamlined Collaboration

A cloud-based unified communications system like UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT facilitates seamless collaboration by integrating phone/voice, chat, video, file management, and more into a single platform. Users can easily switch between voice and video calls, instant messaging, and file sharing, enabling real-time collaboration among different departments. This streamlines communication, minimizes delays in responses, and simplifies collaboration across campus – and beyond. By fostering a culture of collaboration, higher institutions can better serve their students, faculty, and staff. Easy to setup, manage and use unified communications, with no phone system to buy, install, upgrade or replace as your university grows.

Cost Efficiency and Scalability

Traditionally, on-premises phone systems have required lengthy, expensive installations that, once in place, can be very difficult to maintain and update when needed. That’s why UNIVERGE BLUE offers one simple, flat monthly rate that’s based on the number of users with no hidden fees added. This makes it simple and easy to plan for future budgets without sacrificing features and functionality. Cloud-based unified communications allows organizations to easily adjust their communication resources based on demand, such as during times of emergencies or peak activity based on variable schedules throughout the year.

Robust Data Security

The safety and security of data is a critical concern for all educational organizations. Hackers and other bad actors are constantly testing safeguards put in place to protect confidential, sensitive information. All levels of education need to ensure they are safe from these threats. Reputable cloud providers like UNIVERGE BLUE employ advanced encryption techniques, firewalls, and authentication protocols to safeguard data from unauthorized access. Additionally, cloud-based platforms ensure high availability and reliability, with built-in redundancy and disaster recovery mechanisms. It’s critical for higher education institutions to carefully consider who they trust with their sensitive data and information.

As higher education institutions adapt to the ever-changing communications landscape, a cloud-based unified communications system emerges as an indispensable tool. NEC and UNIVERGE BLUE offer a trusted platform that academic organizations can deploy to provide their students, faculty, and staff with the means to spend more time pursuing their missions and less time grappling with outdated, unsupported technology.

Contact one of our experts today to learn more about how UNIVERGE BLUE can help your organization/department modernize your communications infrastructure to better serve your institution’s key stakeholders.