Tascent’s world-class face and iris devices integrated with NEC Asia Pacific’s biometric solution for citizen identification and border management in South-East Asia 

Citizens benefit from seamless, efficient immigration clearance; Government agencies achieving higher-confidence traveler identifications

Los Gatos, CA – March 22, 2021

NEC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., the leading information and communications technology provider, has partnered with Tascent Inc., the industry leader in intuitive biometrics, to implement secure and efficient iris and face enrollment for national ID and passport holders, along with immigration clearance for a border authority in a key economic and logistical hub in South-East Asia.  This cooperative iris and face recognition system, developed and implemented by NEC using Tascent’s InSight One biometric device, is a novel approach to national identity and provides a seamless and low-touch immigration experience for travelers.

The new system enhances the existing face and fingerprint enrollment and authentication systems in place by adding iris as a means of identification. This helps border authorities and travelers avoid common issues related to fingerprint verification, including an inability to capture or match due to scarring, aging, or dryness.  The project will contribute to further safeguarding the country’s national borders while offering a more efficient, convenient, and hygienic immigration process.

Critical to achieving this is the Tascent InSight One device, which simultaneously captures high-quality ISO-compliant face and iris biometric images in a non-invasive, intuitive, and fast process. For this ground-breaking project, approximately 1200 Tascent endpoint devices provide biometric images to NEC’s system at both enrollment and identification stages of the identity workflow.

Following a successful trial at a major border crossing checkpoint in 2019, the system has been in the process of rollout at all country immigration points, including air transportation hubs and passport and national ID card enrollment facilities. Today, the project is fully operational, with active and ongoing support for new development initiatives.

Tascent is proud to support NEC in this large-scale deployment, with global collaboration bringing this national ID and immigration system to a new level of performance.

About Tascent
Tascent harnesses the power of biometrics to enable the frictionless flow of people and transactions in a connected world. We focus on creating intuitive hardware, software, and services, providing comprehensive capabilities for tailored identity solutions. Through partnerships, we deliver the strength of trusted identity to positively impact travel, financial services, ticketing and events, workplace access, government services, and humanitarian efforts.

While many biometric companies offer products that are complex and counterintuitive, Tascent makes it easy for our partners to integrate and deploy robust, intuitive approachable, and multimodal biometric identity systems. Today, our biometric solutions serve tens of millions of people each year in some of the most challenging environments. We strive to innovate and create products that address unmet needs for critical-yet-routine identity processes, making lives simpler and easier.

Based in Silicon Valley, CA, Tascent supports customers and partners globally through our partner network. https://tascent.com

About NEC Asia Pacific
Singapore-based NEC Asia Pacific (NEC APAC) is the regional headquarters for NEC Corporation (HQ: Japan) in Southeast Asia. Established in 1977, NEC APAC provides innovative products and services that promote safety, security and enhance the quality of life for Singapore’s residents. Today, NEC APAC drives digital transformation through the areas of public safety, managed services, enterprise applications and infrastructure, financial solutions and multimedia platforms to enable smart cities in the region. https://sg.nec.com

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