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NEC, CrowdOptic team up on smart city security

NEC Australia is partnering with Silicon Valley vision analytics firm, CrowdOptic, in a strategic moved aimed at bringing next generation security to smart cities.

The two companies say they are jointly introducing a “ground-breaking” intelligent live video streaming security system enabled by real-time analysis of footage captured from fixed cameras and mobile camera sensors in body cams, smartphones, and drones.

According to NEC and CrowdOptic the live video streaming security system marks a significant improvement on video surveillance and facial recognition, which today relies predominantly on footage captured from fixed cameras.

Live, intelligent video footage combined with efficient transmission of data from mobile camera sensors is designed to enhance the impact of what the two companies say is the world’s most accurate face recognition technology, NeoFace.

“Naturally, mobility will play an important role in smart city technology. Using internet-connected mobile cameras integrated with NEC’s cutting edge biometrics is the future of public safety. Smart cities can now use mobile camera technologies to improve the safety of public spaces and the capabilities of first responders,” the two companies say.
 
“The real-time identification enabled by NEC biometric technology is enhanced by mobile camera sensors that give first responders, police and ambulance staff a clearer, real-time picture of the environment they’re operating in.
 
“Mobility is where CrowdOptic’s technology offers new capabilities to NEC’s NeoFace. CrowdOptic’s technology uses triangulation to detect when two or more cameras are aimed at the same person.

“The integration with NEC’s NeoFace facial-recognition software means that fixed cameras can interact with body cams and smart glasses to enhance identification. This provides the ability to feed multiple perspectives of an individual to the NeoFace database, speeding and enhancing the accuracy of the facial-recognition process.”

NEC Australia initiated the partnership, which the company says offers both companies an Australian testbed for expanding the integration with NEC’s facial recognition platform on a global basis.

CrowdOptic says it has attracted investments from Silicon Valley Bank and Oracle Corp’s chief security officer, Mary Ann Davidson, among other prominent Silicon Valley investors.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).