NEC Biometric Technology To Bolster LA County Law Enforcement

Today NEC Corporation of America announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The agreement will see NEC licensing its biometric services to the law enforcement department through a service model.

The Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution from NEC is centered around the company’s Integra ID 5 Multimodal Biometrics Identification Solution (MBIS). Thanks to the Integra ID 5 Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the LA Sheriff’s Department will have access to NEC’s many modalities of biometric identification including fingerprint, palmprint, face, voice, iris and DNA matching capabilities. This includes NeoFace – the corporation’s facial recognition software that has big data applications in law enforcement – as well as its much lauded fingerprint recognition technology.

NEC’s IDaaS also includes active-active disaster recovery, leveraging the corporation’s data center which complies with FBI Criminal Justice Information System standards.

Notably, NEC’s biometric service can interface with state and local agencies. That means that the LA County Sheriff’s Department can take advantage of the FBI’s Next Generation Identity (NGI) program which went fully online in September.

According to Lt. Josh Thai of the LASD, the process that led to the selection of NEC’s technology was rigorous. He adds, “NEC’s experience in offering such solutions, their leading fingerprint and facial recognition technology and their ability to meet our business continuity and disaster recovery requirements, all under a flat monthly fee, were among key advantages of the NEC offering.”

Commenting on the new contract, Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of the NEC Biometrics Solutions Division, says: “We are very pleased to have earned the opportunity to partner and provide the identification needs of LASD. We are confident that our Integra ID 5 with NeoFace technology, an integral part of NEC’s ‘Safer Cities’ platform, will enable LASD to solve even more crimes and serve the public safety and security needs of citizens of Los Angeles County for years to come.”

The Safer Cities platform referenced by Beroukhim is an initiative from NEC that supports the merging of biometric-based identity management and forensic investigation with video surveillance, security access control and disaster management.

January 12, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter