NEC Corp

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A Japanese company specializing in biometric technologies. Provides the US government with biometric technologies used to target immigrant communities.

NEC Corporation is an IT company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with over a 100,000 employees and 300 subsidiaries worldwide. In the year ending in March 2018, its revenue was 2844.4 billion Yen (about $24.3 billion), with over a third of it derived from contracts with the public sector, working with Japanese and international governments and governmental agencies to provide network, sensor, and analysis technologies, as well as systems integration services.

NEC is one of the three main suppliers of biometric information services use to track, surveil, criminalize, and target immigrant communities. Along with Gemato (Netherlands) and IDEMIA (France), they provide the biometric technologies that power the massive and interconnected databases run by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Department of Defense, as well as state and local law enforcement databases.

NEC Corporation provides face and iris matching algorithms for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immense biometric database (IDENT) and will continue to do so for its replacement (HART). Additionally, NEC provides fingerprint ID systems for some 19 states as for some local sheriffs’ departments, accessible for analysis and identification by the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents collect biometric information in the field during enforcement operations using the NEC NeoScan fingerprint device.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a new Entry-Exit program, which makes use of NEC's NeoFace facial recognition technology to identify, track, and issue alerts for all travelers in airports and ports. Airlines, airports, and cruise lines are partnering in this initiative and as of August 2018, the program has been piloted at 14 airports, with CBP intending to scale the program to all U.S. international airports.

This profile was last updated on
6 January 2019