NEC’s facial recognition system wins users abroad

TOKYO — Japanese electronics makers are keen to team up with governments around the world to develop artificial intelligence technologies. The amount of data available for analysis appears to be the key to creating highly reliable services. At a U.S.-Mexico border checkpoint in Otay Mesa, California, a group of Mexican immigrants recently waited at a gate to go back to their home country. As one woman passed in front of a camera, a warning message suddenly popped up. The Mexican housemaid was immediately arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol for being an undocumented worker. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the watchdog for terrorism and illicit drug trading, introduced an AI-based security system at the border crossing in February. The system, developed by Japan’s NEC, can match photos of people’s faces…

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