NEC Biometrics Tech Gets Green Light for Texas Law Enforcement, State Contracts

A relatively new certification—TX-RAMP Level 2—recognizes Irving-based NEC of America’s suite of biometric and face recognition software for meeting "high standards of security and privacy."

NEC Corp. of America announced that several of its top-ranked solutions have received Level 2 Certification from the Texas Risk and Authorization Management Program, TX-RAMP, recognizing NEC of America’s suite of biometric and face recognition software “for meeting high standards of security and privacy.”

Based in Irving, NEC of America is a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, biometrics, communications, and networking solutions.

“We’re proud to receive Level 2 Certification from TX-RAMP for our ARS Law Enforcement Biometric Product Suite. This recognition reflects NEC’s unwavering commitment to providing advanced and secure solutions while prioritizing privacy,” Gary Lac, NEC VP of solutions development, ARS, said in a statement.

“We understand the importance of safeguarding sensitive data, and this certification reinforces our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of security and compliance in the industry,” he added.

Products included in certification

The certification encompasses Integra-ID, NeoFace Reveal (NFR), and Insights for NEC Advanced Recognition Systems (ARS), the company said. This expanded certification underscores the company’s commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions with a rigorous security-by-design approach to ensure privacy for all, NEC said.

NEC said that Integra-ID provides users with multimodal biometric search and storage services. It’s designed for accuracy and speed, data and transactional archiving, and auditing and reporting, all with cloud hosting capabilities. Integra-ID is backed by a comprehensive range of tools for editing, selection, image enhancement, comparison, and verification, the company said.

NeoFace Reveal is a face recognition application. NEC said it provides government agencies the ability to identify facial images—ranging from good to very poor quality—by performing either a one-to-many search or one-to-one verification against a database of any size. The company said that NFR can be used by government agencies to support investigations and detect and prevent fraud.

NEC said that NFR is noted for its ability to provide reliable face recognition, capturing, enhancing, organizing, and matching video and graphic images to specific individuals.

Insights including Archive, ERT and Workbench offer a “super suite” of applications for system administrators to manage, operate, and use the NFR system, NEC said. It added that from a secured web browser, administrators can ascertain overall system status from a customized dashboard, manage user accounts, monitor processed transactions, and perform auditing and reporting of all user activity and events.

What the certification means

NEC said the certification highlights its dedication to meeting and exceeding the stringent security and compliance standards set by the Texas Department of Information Resources. The program was established in response to Texas Senate Bill 475 passed during the 87th Legislative Session, sets forth a standardized approach for the security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring of cloud computing services processing state agency data.

NEC said that TX-RAMP security criterion requirements are derived from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which is a federal government-wide compliance program providing a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

With the TX-RAMP certifications, NEC said it’s well-positioned to support state agencies and law enforcement in Texas, ensuring that they have access to cutting-edge technology that meets the rigorous security standards mandated by the state.

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