NEC solution uses face recognition for mobile onboarding
20 April 2017 15:15 GMT

Japanese tech firm NEC has announced the launch of new software that uses facial recognition for identity confirmation with mobile services.

Designed  for organizations such as financial institutions and telecommunication operators, the platform is called NC7000-3A.

In a statement, the company said that ensuring the security of mobile platforms is a top priority for businesses seeking to offer mobile services.

NC7000-3A is ideal for business partners that require ID management and authentication functions in order to ensure the safety and security of their mobile web services.

This software includes a powerful mobile services-oriented authentication engine that leverages “NeoFace,” a facial recognition artificial intelligence (AI) engine boasting the world’s highest (*1) authentication accuracy and belonging to NEC’s cutting-edge portfolio of AI technologies, NEC the WISE (*2).

This enables the confirmation of a user’s identity through facial recognition, resulting in greater security by protecting against identity theft caused by password leakage. Moreover, the support of fingerprint recognition helps to further reduce entry processes, helping to enhance usability, which is expected to be further improved with additional biometric recognitions in the future.

This new software complies with “Fast Identity Online” (FIDO) industry standards for authentication without transmitting data, such as biometric information, externally from a device. This reduces the risk of leakage of data used for identity confirmation. Security enhancements also include the in-house development of dedicated software and a facial recognition engine that are integrated into terminals and servers.

“IDs and passwords account for the majority of methods for confirming a user’s identity with online services,” said, Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “This software enables users to verify their ID through facial recognition, without sending biometric information externally, thereby improving security and usability at the same time.”