NEC America is looking to strengthen its relationship with the US government. To that end, the company has officially opened a new NEC National Security Solutions (NSS) facility in Arlington, Virginia, to provide identity solutions for a number of federal agencies.
NEC NSS offers both hardware and software solutions, and already lists the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security on its current client roster. The company’s identity technology can be used for a variety of security applications, ranging from law enforcement to immigration and basic access control.
The Arlington office will operate under the direction of President Kathleen Kiernan, and will give NSS a local presence in its future dealings with the government. Kiernan has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement at the federal level, and previously held Assistant Director positions with the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, and with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
“We wanted the NEC NSS offices to reflect the critical technology and expertise that we provide to our clients and customers,” said NEC America President and CEO Mark Ikeno. “This location positions us right where we need to be to best serve our government clients.”
“In this fast-changing world, security technology must be in place even before it is needed,” added Kiernan. “Threats don’t wait until you are ready. They happen quickly and we work with our customers to help identify solutions that will help them be proactive in protecting their assets against any number of potential threats.”
Since NEC NSS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corporation, it follows the Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) guidelines when providing services to the government. The company’s portfolio includes biometric face and iris recognition products, both of which have received high marks in independent NIST evaluations. NEC is also working on a system that would be able to match unencrypted processing speeds with encrypted biometric data.
April 1, 2022 – by Eric Weiss