NEC to Launch Biometric Service in N. America

Economy

Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese technology firm NEC Corp. <6701> has said it will launch in North America in July a service that combines biometrics and image analysis for utilization at airports and sporting events.

The service, which employs NEC's original biometric identification technology, is also planned to be introduced in Japan by the end of this year.

By expanding into Europe and Southeast Asia as well, the company aims to boost the size of the business to 100 billion yen by fiscal 2021, according to its announcement on Friday.

The new service is expected to help facilitate identity verification procedures taken at airports and entrances of sporting event venues, such as those of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

"The possibilities are endless," NEC Senior Vice President Toshifumi Yoshizaki said, expressing confidence that the service will become widespread.

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