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First in NIST testing for Third Consecutive Time.

26 May 2014

NEC Corporation face recognition technology achieved the highest performance evaluation in the recent Face Recognition Vendor Test  2014 performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

NEC's technology took first place for the third consecutive time following the 2009 Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge and 2010-2011 Multiple Biometrics Evaluation. The most recent Face Recognition Vendor Test for one-to-many searching evaluated the accuracy of database enrolments and personal identity searches using massive volumes of face image data, including multiple "high quality" criminal mugshots, "low quality" webcam snap shots, and "standard quality" passport/visa photo images. Twelve commercial vendors and four academic institutions participated within the Face Recognition Vendor Test evaluation, which consisted of several test scenarios designed to determine accuracy based on measured error rates. Not only did NEC's search accuracy exceed competitors by a wide margin, it also improved significantly from the past testing.

NEC's face recognition algorithms were faster than all participating vendors, requiring approximately 0.2 seconds per image to create and search an image against 1.6 million records. NEC's matching rate is more than 6.2 million matches per second per core. Overall, the NEC algorithms are typically twice as or up to more than 15 times faster than competitors' algorithms.

The NEC automated face recognition solution is gaining wider acceptance in several new industries beyond its traditional use in law enforcement. Retail, hospitality and other businesses are realizing potential financial benefits and improved customer satisfaction by enhancing the customer experience with AFR. NEC has invested significant resources in the research and development of its biometric identification technologies, and has consistently achieved world-leading results in independent, third-party testing. These latest test results re-confirm NEC's superior matching capabilities within the world of face recognition.

Note: Results from the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2014 do not constitute endorsement of any particular product by the U.S. Government. The complete report can be downloaded at:

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