The National Soccer Hall of Fame and NEC Corporation of America (NEC) are providing a unique, facial recognition-enabled guest experience for visitors to the Hall of Fame which is scheduled to open to the public on October 24, 2018.
Powered by NEC and its NeoFace® facial recognition software, the Platinum Award Winner for in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program for Best Biometric Recognition System, National Soccer Hall of Fame guests will experience a custom-tailored tour unlike anything they’ve experienced in a sports setting.
“Leveraging NEC’s acclaimed and industry-leading facial recognition technology as the software engine, our aim is to provide the most personalized experience in sports,” said Executive Director of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Djorn Buchholz.
With this partnership, NEC and the National Soccer Hall of Fame are the first to use facial recognition technology to individualize a guest’s experience in a sports and entertainment venue.
Guests will benefit from facial recognition the moment they enter the National Soccer Hall of Fame where they will be prompted upon check-in to share their hometown, favorite soccer position, favorite U.S. teams and their level of fandom.
Based on that information, digital touch screens, virtual reality and gesture technology inside of the Hall of Fame will recognize guests using the NeoFace® facial recognition software which will personalize each visit based on their individual preference.
(Demand for fast, personalized and safe experiences is rapidly changing the face of customer engagement across many industries. From the need to provide safe experiences during travel or large scale public events to the need for secure access into corporations and government facilities, our world is changing at a rapid pace. NEC’s NeoFace® Express is a cutting-edge, integrated solution that uses facial recognition to transform the travel experience, elevates VIP access, secure national borders, increase pedestrian flow, and keep citizens safe. Courtesy of NEC Corporation of America and YouTube. Posted on Mar 26, 2018.)
”We are honored and excited to be working with the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas,” said Mark Ikeno, President and CEO of NEC Corporation of America.
“With the opening of the Hall of Fame, soccer fans will be able to experience their favorite teams, players and moments in soccer history by just walking up to the various exhibits after registering with the system.”
“We believe this experience is unique in the sports world.”
NEC’s facial recognition solutions were ranked number one in performance tests by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
It has been used by the LPGA and will be used in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.
(Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, LPGA Player President, explains the value that NEC is bringing to the golf organization in the areas of safety, security and efficiency. Courtesy of NEC Corporation of America and YouTube. Posted on May 23, 2018.)
NEC serves as a Signature Partner of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association.
In 1979, the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY and was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.
In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a 30,000 square-foot museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items before closing in February of 2010.
(Learn More. Who’s on your team? To celebrate the opening of our new hall of fame, we’re asking fans to name the 11 most important players in our soccer history. Make the call and enter for a chance to win hundreds of daily prizes, including a trip to 2018 Induction Weekend in Frisco, TX. Courtesy of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and YouTube. Posted on Aug 7, 2018.)
In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco, TX.
Their late father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982.
In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Budweiser is October 20-21, 2018 featuring the 2018 Induction Ceremony and a concert by Imagine Dragons on Saturday, October 20 followed by the Hall of Fame game featuring FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, October 21.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame is scheduled to open to the public on October 24, 2018. For more information, please visit NationalSoccerHOF.com.
NEC Corporation at a Glance
NEC is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world.
By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers.
The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society.
Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow.
(Learn More. Using facial recognition to speed up the process of navigating through security, NEC’s NeoFace® Express gives airports, ports of call, and other public venues such as stadiums and concert halls a means to verify identities of passengers, customers and VIP’s alike using biometric technology. Courtesy of NEC America and YouTube. Posted on Oct 13, 2017.)
NEC Corporation Wins Platinum in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
- Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
- NeoFace Express
- Best Biometric Recognition System
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:
- The Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Leaders in Private Security