Contributing to the safety and security of the summit
NEC Corporation and its Romanian Branch office, part of NEC Eastern Europe, provided a facial recognition system for admission control at the EU Summit held in Sibiu, Romania on May 9, 2019.
Romania held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the first time from January to June 2019, and during this period the country was dedicated to strengthening security measures at important domestic events. Leading up to the informal European Union summit, NEC was selected by the Romanian Protection and Guard Service to provide NeoFace, NEC’s facial recognition engine with the world’s No.1 certification accuracy, after intensive testing of various security solutions available on the market. The Protection and Guard Service is a government agency responsible for providing protection for Romanian dignitaries and international representatives during their stay in Romania.
During the summit, NEC’s facial recognition system was used to check a pre-registered list of facial images of senior officials against live streams from cameras installed at four gates at the venue. All participants in the program provided informed consent for the use of their images. This was part of a two-step authentication that consisted of facial recognition and the use of QR codes printed on guest invitations, resulting in high speed access to the meeting location, without long lines or burdensome security.
This was the first time that biometric certification was used as a security measure at an EU Summit, and participating high-level officials were authorized with high accuracy and speed, thereby contributing to a safe, secure and smooth conference.