NEC National Security Systems (NEC NSS), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America, was recognized with Multiple Top-Level Awards from American Security Today in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Award program.
This is the Fifth Consecutive Year that NEC has been recognized in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and in 2022 elevated its participation to become our Platinum Industry Award Sponsor for the AST Awards Program.
(Hear directly from Keith Terreri, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services and Business Operations at NEC Corporation of America, on why NEC supports the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, and the value NEC receives for participating in the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program. Courtesy of NEC, American Security Today, and YouTube.)
NEC IPIDS solution
NEC’s innovative fiber optic sensing technology was selected as the 2022 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Perimeter Protection Solution.
NEC’s state-of-the-art IPIDS solution combines Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence to detect, locate and prevent physical threats to infrastructure.
NEC’s IPIDS solution works to detect physical border and facility breaches by using highly adaptive and responsive fiber optic sensing and self-modifying Machine Learning (ML)-based Artificial Intelligence (AI).
When the system’s centrally located ‘interrogator’, which transmits light into and from optical fibers, detects a disturbance, ML-based artificial intelligence immediately identifies and pinpoints the intrusion so appropriate action can quickly be taken.
An intuitive graphical user interface provides straight forward monitoring of existing or previously non-securable borders and facility perimeters.
Real-time displays of perimeter maps also display locations of detected intrusions.
Data from such intrusions, including date, time, location, and classification, can be integrated to immediately mobilize security resources or be stored for future use and analysis.
IPIDS systems are deployed over perimeters, borders, and other boundaries of critical resources to detect, locate, and prevent physical threats, such as active shooters, terrorists, and kidnappers.
“NEC’s IPIDS solution is a significant enhancement to public safety and national security in the U.S.,” explains Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC NSS, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America.
“Thanks to years of research and technical innovation, a digital security system can now provide real-time situational awareness and threat detection to a level never seen before.”
NEC’s IPIDS technical innovation provides digital, real-time, ubiquitous, accurate, and robust situational awareness to security & safety stewards.
Simultaneously, IPIDS saves valuable security resources, such as security personnel, and reduces the need for maintenance, service, and the total cost of ownership, even in adverse environments.
For example, NEC’s IPIDS solution was recently deployed on the campus perimeter of a K-12 school in the U.S., which had increasing concerns about unauthorized breaches.
The campus comprises dense wildlife and foot traffic, and the deployment of multitudes of electronic sensors was prohibitive. More importantly, it would detract from the school’s primary mission: to educate.
NEC’s IPIDS was selected for the application because of its integrability with the client’s existing optical fiber-based IT infrastructure, its ability to detect and locate perimeter intrusions to within a few feet via optical fiber sensing, automatically to cue nearby video cameras, apply deep learning-based AI to video, and send alerts to school security stewards via unified communication.
IPIDS can be seamlessly integrated via its agnostic application programming interface into federal, state, and local government and education systems, such as electronic security systems, electronic harbor security systems, and linear ground detection systems, providing physical security for antiterrorism, force protection, and integrated base defense.
“This IPIDS application brought immense value to public safety by detecting potential intrusion through its deployment over the perimeter of a crowded area,” added Dr. Kiernan.
“It is a true game changer for threat detection.”
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit, and intelligence to end-users in a variety of government, homeland security, enterprise, and public safety vertical markets.
“Amid rising threats to public safety, we appreciate American Security Today for recognizing the value NEC NSS brings to homeland security in the United States,” concluded Dr. Kiernan.
“We are honored to be acknowledged by a leading security media organization for our advanced technology solutions.”
In addition to the award for IPIDS, NEC NSS received awards across various categories relating to security technology, including a much coveted 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Level Industry Leadership and Innovation Award.
NEC NSS was also recognized with 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards for the Best Vehicle Security Entrance Control Solution, Best Facial/Iris Recognition Solution Award, Best Mobile Security Solution, Best Biometric Reader Solution, and Best Access Control & Authentication Solution, respectively.
Based in Arlington, Va., NEC NSS is focused on deploying ground-breaking solutions for government use, including end-to-end systems for access control and security, Next Gen identity verification, scene processing, advanced analytics, and intrusion detection.
NSS’s integrated hardware and software solutions support some of the U.S. government’s most critical missions, including those of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of State (DOS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).
To learn more about NEC National Security Systems’ advanced security solutions, please visit necnss.com and for NEC IPIDS technology specifically, here.
NEC National Security Systems Sweeps 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering its Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
NEC National Security Systems (First of Six)
Best Biometric Reader Solution
NEC Elastic Matching Service
NEC National Security Systems (NSS), a Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI)-mitigated subsidiary under Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the U.S. Government, provides full-service solutions for large agencies using the intellectual property and resources of the global NEC brand.
NEC has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), and the Department of State (DoS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Digitus project in Mexico, to deploy our two most prominent matching engines, AIM XM and AIM-ES, to the AWS cloud environment.
NEC now introduces the elastic matching capability based on containerized architecture orchestrated by Kubernetes, to provide the cloud-native computing solution for biometric matching.
This cloud-native architected platform supports the characteristics of cloud computing noted in NIST Special Publication 800-145, The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing—on-demand, self-service, broad network access; resource pooling; rapid elasticity; and measured services.
NEC National Security Systems (Second of Six)
Best Facial/IRIS Recognition Solution
Expeditionary Identity Intelligence Prototype
NEC National Security Systems (NSS) is a key solution developer in creating the Marine Identity Intelligence Prototype (EI2P) solution, which enables the collection and matching of a finger, face, and iris biometric data in a denied, degraded, intermittent, and low bandwidth (DDIL) environment.
Face images are automatically captured using a helmet-mounted camera and submitted wirelessly to a lightweight, body-worn IoT device for matching, with operators being notified of the results, and the included mesh network allows for uploaded data and notifications to be shared across multiple operators within the team.
NEC’s digital, body-worn solutions provide identity intelligence at the edge, combining NEC’s best-of-breed matching algorithms with cutting-edge wearable cameras.
The EI2P is a lightweight and portable solution that constantly captures and matches biometrics locally and without the need for communications backend systems, expediting mission-critical information to users in the field.
The EI2P supports live stream and still photo capture, has a capacity of up to 100K identity records, and is an ideal solution for expanding security perimeter at large gatherings, and identifying known threats (do not admit/bolo/ person of interest list) – all while on the move.
(Learn why NEC’s biometric face recognition technology is used worldwide for fighting crime, preventing fraud, securing public safety, and improving customer experience across a vast range of locations and industries. Courtesy of KKworx, Inc. and YouTube.)
NEC National Security Systems (Third of Six)
Best Mobile Security Solution
Mobile WAY from NEC National Security Systems (NSS) provides a unified cloud platform for rapidly searching federal, state, and local law enforcement biometric databases. Its subscription-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model makes Mobile WAY fiscal-friendly for any size agency.
- Running on the NEC Digital Platform (NDP), the device- and the system-agnostic app supports traditional all-in-one (AIO) biometric mobile devices and newer Android and iOS smartphones, including contactless biometric capture.
The intuitive experience simplifies searches across systems, and the subscription service eliminates the hassle of license management.
MobileWay offers Multi-Modal Capture of Face, Finger & More including Contactless Fingerprint Capture, multi-Modal Data Entry, and Reading, including Barcodes, Magstripe, MRZ and SmartCard, and mobile ID platform service for Data Exchange & Reporting.
It is an agnostic Biometric Mobile App including Android and Apple iOS and multi-modal credential reading including mDL and eMRTD, and supports local WatchList and remote multi-modal searching with the state-of-the-art NEC Biometric Matching Algorithm proven by NIST.
MobileWay technology can also be extended to support Self-Enrollment use cases with additional technologies such as active/passive liveness detection and issuance authority credential check for remote proofing capabilities.
NEC National Security Systems (Fourth of Six)
Best Perimeter Protection System
Intelligent Perimeter Intrusion Detection System
NEC’s Intelligent Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (IPIDS) comprises optical fiber sensing, video camera surveillance, and the application of deep learning-based AI, and is deployed over perimeters, borders, and other boundaries of critical resources, to detect, locate, and prevent physical threats, such as active shooters, terrorists, and kidnappers.
NEC’s IPIDS technical innovation is its provision of digital, real-time, ubiquitous, accurate, and robust situational awareness to security & safety stewards, while simultaneously saving valuable security resources, such as security personnel, and reducing maintenance, service, and total cost of ownership, even in adverse environments.
For example, NEC’s IPIDS was recently deployed over the campus perimeter of a K-12 school in the U.S., which had increasing concerns about unauthorized perimeter breaches and the threat of violence.
Having limited security resources and a vast and complex campus that comprises dense wildlife and foot traffic, the deployment of multitudes of electronic sensors was prohibitive, which would detract from the school’s primary mission: to educate.
NEC’s IPIDS was selected, because of its integrability with the client’s existing optical fiber-based IT infrastructure, its ability to detect and locate perimeter intrusions to within a few feet via optical fiber sensing, automatically to cue nearby video cameras, apply deep learning-based AI to video, and send alerts to school security stewards via unified communication.
NEC National Security Systems (Fifth of Six)
Best Vehicle Security Entrance Control Solution
Biometric Base Access Management (BAM)
NEC National Security Systems (NSS) biometric Base Access Management (BAM) provides military installations with fast, accurate identity screening and verification using its award-winning face recognition technology.
BAM can identify individuals—whether they are on foot or inside vehicles—as they approach Access Control Points (ACPs), secured installation facilities, or restricted areas, without requiring physical identification cards or fingerprints.
BAM supports the efficient use of personnel and budget resources, as it can be deployed for a variety of uses across the military facility, including, vehicle gate access, pedestrian checkpoints, kiosks, and turnstile gates, as well as common- or restricted-area access and monitoring, office access management, secure/classified location access, watchlists and real-time threat monitoring.
Additionally, NEC can integrate thermal sensing cameras into BAM to identify elevated body temperatures (EBT) at a distance. BAM can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud using the secure NEC Digital Platform (NDP), which enables remote solution management.
The platform enables multiple ACPs throughout an entire military base to be managed simultaneously, ensuring secure, efficient base access.
The accessibility and safety of entry/exit points, common areas, and offices—installation-wide—can be managed through a single system.
Additionally, BAM can identify pedestrians or individuals through vehicle windshields at entry points of military facilities to help expedite base access and eliminate long wait times and lines, thus reducing soft-target opportunities for bad actors.
BAM can streamline security operations at entry and exit points at military bases and other locations such as airports, seaports, and border crossings, for an identification solution that reduces long vehicle and pedestrian queues, and approved travelers can gain entry without consistent human intervention, allowing gate guards to prioritize other security interests.
NEC National Security Systems (Sixth of Six)
Best Access Control & Authentication System (**Tie)
Access Control ID
In partnership with SIMS Software, NEC National Security Systems (NSS) has produced an Access Control ID solution supporting the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).
Each year, IDA hosts many conferences for researchers across the Federally Funded Research and Development Center community, and SIMS lobby software manages hundreds of attendees per conference with different security clearances for secure access.
By adding NEC’s biometric and biographic capture capabilities, pre-registered attendees can check themselves into a conference at the correct clearance level via contactless methods at a fraction of the time it takes to check in at the security desk.
The increased security throughout creates higher attendee satisfaction and allows conferences to start on time, all while maintaining the appropriate security posture.
*AST is delighted to welcome NEC National Security Systems, a 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Multi-Award Champion, as the New PLATINUM Awards Sponsor in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
NEC National Security Systems is a subsidy of NEC Corporation of America (NECAM), which has been recognized for the last Five Consecutive Years in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs, respectively.
Homeland Security remains at the forefront of our national conversation as we experience an immigration crisis along our southern border and crime rates that are dramatically higher than before the Pandemic across the United States.
These challenges have become a national priority with an influx of investments in innovative new technologies and systems.
Enter American Security Today, the #1 publication and media platform in the Government Security and Homeland Security fields, with a circulation of over 75,000 readers and many tens of thousands more who visit our AST website at www.americansecuritytoday.com each month.
The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony Luncheon Banquet, an exclusive, full-course plated meal event, in the heart of New York City.
This year’s exclusive sold-out ‘ASTORS’ luncheon featured representatives of law enforcement, public safety, and industry leaders who came together to honor the selfless service of those who stand on the front lines, and those who stand beside them – providing the capabilities and technologies to create a safer world for generations to come.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force, to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program emphasized the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders.
The keynote address was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane Sabatino, who described the changes to CBP through the tragedy of 9/11 and the relentless commitment to its mission and ongoing investment in the latest technologies and innovations to protect our borders and Homeland.
The resounding theme of the DEAC’s remarks was her pride in the women and men of the CBP and their families who support them.
AST was also joined by Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton, who spoke, as always, about his love for the City of New York, the Profession of law enforcement to which he has dedicated his life, and for which he continues to drive thought leadership and innovation.
New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Department Kenneth Corey, came out to address Luncheon attendees and shared some of his experiences and the changes in policing he’s witnessed over his more than three decades of service.
FDNY Chief Joseph Jardin honored the men and women of the FDNY, not only those who currently serve but all of those who have selflessly served, with special recognition of those lost on 9/11.
Chief Jardin spoke about the continuing health battle of many following 9/11 with cancer and respiratory disease, yet now knowing the full consequences, would not have made a different decision to respond.
As Chief Jardin noted, mission-driven service is in the lifeblood of every firefighter, volunteer and sworn and has been so throughout the history of the Fire Service.
Former head of the FBI’s active shooter program, Katherine Schweit joined AST to sign complimentary copies of her book, ‘STOP THE KILLING: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis,’ thanks to the generosity of our 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by NEC National Security Systems (NSS), ATI Systems, Automatic Systems of America, guardDog AI, Fortior Solutions, IPVideo Corporation, Rajant Corporation, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
We were pleased to welcome the esteemed New York City Fire Department (FDNY); the New York City Police Department (NYPD); and the NYC Hospital Police, as well as Executive Management from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and many other DHS agencies, Federal law enforcement agencies, and private/public partnerships such as the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the 30×30 Initiative, a coalition of professionals advancing the representation of women in policing; and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) (rail safety advocates).
The prestigious Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
In 2022 over 240 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields.
Each year, to keep our communities safe and secure, security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government, and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, convene in New York City to network, learn and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions from premier exhibiting brands at ISC East, the Natural Disaster & Emergency Management Expo (NDEM EXPO), and the ASIS NYC Expo.
ISC East is the Northeast’s leading security & public safety event, hosted in collaboration with sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA) and in partnership with ASIS NYC.
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their Legacy of Wins, include:
Advanced Detection Technologies, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Cellbusters, CornellCookson, CyberArk Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, High Rise Escape Systems, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Select Engineering Services LLC, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and West Virginia American Access Control Systems, just to name a few!
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The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old-school basics to what is Today – a fast-changing security landscape.
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website, and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.
AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.
Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.
To learn more about ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, Be On the LookOut for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2022 ‘A Year in Review’.
The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.
It will serve as your Go-To Source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2022 Products and Services’ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It will also include featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
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