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NEC develops touchless, multimodal biometric authentication terminal with the world’s highest level of precision

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NEC Corporation announced the development of a multimodal biometric authentication terminal incorporating face and iris recognition technologies that have been recognized as the world’s No.1 in benchmark tests for identification technologies conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and are core technologies of NEC’s multimodal biometric authentication brand, “Bio-IDiom”.

This reinforces NEC’s ability to provide high levels of authentication accuracy and convenience for users throughout a wide range of environments.

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In recent years, biometric authentication, which analyzes the physical or behavioral characteristics of individuals, such as facial and iris features, has been rapidly expanding throughout the world, including biometric authentication with smartphones and entryways to a wide range of facilities.

NEC has implemented more than 1,000 biometric authentication systems in approximately 70 countries and regions around the world. The high levels of accuracy, convenience and security of these systems enable them to be reliably deployed as an important part of social infrastructure supporting the safety and security of daily life, ranging from corporate applications to entertainment and personal use.

NEC’s multimodal biometric authentication, which combines multiple biometric identification technologies, such as face and iris recognition, is easy for individuals to use and achieves high levels of authentication accuracy.

NEC’s newly developed multimodal biometric authentication terminal integrates face recognition technology with iris recognition technology that have each been recognized as the world’s most accurate.

This enables stable, high-precision and high-speed authentication in large-scale systems that need to respond to numerous physical characteristics and in usage environments that require strict identity verification.

Multimodal biometric terminals are expected to be widely used for a variety of applications, including systems targeting large numbers of users, access to and exit from offices that require high levels of security, access to food plants that require hygienic clothing and masks, clean rooms in factories, medical facilities, as well as identification of customers at ATMs and prompt payment at stores.

NEC aims to begin offering this terminal for payment and access control by the end of FY2021.

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Multimodal biometric authentication terminal features:

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1. High-precision authentication that achieves a false accept rate of less than one in 10 billion

NEC’s proprietary algorithm integrates the matching results of face and iris recognition, enabling authentication with a false accept rate (4) of less than one in ten billion (5).

By performing authentication using biometric information from three sources, face information and iris information from the left and right eyes, NEC has achieved high-precision authentication.

2. High-speed identification by simultaneous acquisition of face and iris information

The built-in camera of this authentication terminal automatically adjusts its tilt according to the height of a user, detects the face and the iris at the same time, and identifies individuals based on the integrated results of the matching scores.

In order to reliably and accurately capture iris information, which is difficult to obtain in comparison to face information, NEC developed a technology that quickly and accurately locates the position of the iris based on face information, then automatically adjusts the focus and lighting instantaneously.

This enables high-speed authentication in approximately 2 seconds without imposing a burden on users, even if they are different heights.

3. Successfully recognizes individuals wearing face masks

The application of multimodal biometric identification technology utilizing face and iris information enables touchless identification of individuals to be achieved, even when gloves and face masks are worn or when both hands are occupied with baggage.

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Experience the Next Level of Mobile Computing with Galaxy Book S

Samsung brings Intel’s hybrid processor to its leading Galaxy Book S, alongside seamless connectivity, mobile design and an expansive ecosystem

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Samsung Electronics announced the availability of Galaxy Book S with Intel processor, the latest addition to its leading computing device family. To ensure consumers have access to a wide range of computing devices to best fit their lifestyle, Samsung introduces the Galaxy Book S powered by the new dynamic Intel® Core™ processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology. Galaxy Book S joins other previously announced premium mobile laptops, designed to offer a seamless and connected experience across devices. Galaxy Book S is built for the next generation of users who are looking for a computing device that provides outstanding productivity, wide-ranging connectivity, enhanced mobility and expansive continuity across devices and operating systems to help them get more done in less time.

“The way we work has shifted and it’s important we have computing devices that can adapt to this new working style. Users utilize multiple devices throughout their day to accomplish tasks, and demand that those devices provide them with enough flexibility to remain on the move and available,” said Woncheol Chai, SVP and Head of Product Planning Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “With our new computing devices like the Galaxy Book S, we are providing users with an exciting opportunity to be productive, efficient and connected.”

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Dynamic Performance

To improve performance and efficiency, Galaxy Book S features an impressively designed internal component setup powered by the new Intel® Core™ processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology. Galaxy Book S is the first ever device to offer this unique processor with Intel’s Foveros 3D stacking technology and a hybrid CPU architecture. With this processor, Galaxy Book S efficiently provides an exceptional laptop performance. The processor delivers full Windows 10 application compatibility and intelligently balances multiple high-performing processes during use while conserving battery when not in use, powering your creative, commerce and business programs. Galaxy Book S features a long-lasting battery1 and offers up to 512GB of storage, so you don’t have to waste time worrying about losing power or running out of space.

“The introduction of Samsung Galaxy Book S, the first device to offer the Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology, builds on our long history with Samsung. Today, we showcase what can be achieved when we bring great engineering talent together to work towards a united vision for new computing experiences of the future,” said Chris Walker, vice president and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms at Intel.

Always Ready Connectivity

With Samsung’s new computing devices, you can enjoy nonstop connectivity. Galaxy Book S features Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), the next generation of Wi-Fi that empowers efficient, speedy internet without competing for a network connection with other devices, while always-on LTE lets you enjoy gigabit internet access without searching for a network. When you need to access your device immediately, Galaxy Book S’ instant touch-to-wake capability ensures you can reach important files, share videos and respond to texts within seconds.

Design That Works Everywhere

The Galaxy Book S is designed for taking with you and carrying around all day. Lightweight at just 950g and only 11.8mm at its thickest point, the ultra-slim profile means you can slip the Galaxy Book S into a small bag, portfolio or just carry under your arm with ease. A fan-less design allows the Galaxy Book S to be slimmer than traditional laptops and helps it to run noiselessly, even during sustained and intense periods of work. Galaxy Book S features a light clamshell design built with a durable metal body, so you can have the stability you need on a desk or on your lap. If you’re looking to get some fresh air while scrolling, Outdoor Mode on Galaxy Book S will instantly boost brightness to 600 nits using a two-key shortcut. With a bright screen that also supports touch interactions, you will feel more connected to your device than ever and free take advantage of seamless and productive working style.

Uninterrupted Device-to-Device Continuity

The new Galaxy computing devices like the Galaxy Book S unify the computing experience with seamless connectivity between devices. Thanks to our partnership with Microsoft, you can enjoy your favorite Android operating system on your Windows PC for a seamless and continuous device-to-device experience. With Microsoft’s Your Phone feature, you can sync your mobile device to receive notifications, messages, cross-device copy & paste and photo transfer, all on your Galaxy Book S device.

Galaxy Book S is available in two shades, Earthy Gold and Mercury Gray. For more information about Galaxy Book S, visit news.samsung.com/galaxy, www.samsungmobilepress.com.

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Huawei Announces the Next-Gen OceanStor Pacific Series, Setting a New Benchmark for Mass Data Storage

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Huawei announced the worldwide launch of the next-generation mass storage system — OceanStor Pacific Series. The series delivers efficient, cost-effective, and reliable services for AI, HPC, videos, and other mass data scenarios by breaking architectural, service, and performance boundaries, and leveraging uncompromised multi-protocol interworking, next-generation elastic EC algorithm, and a series of dedicated hardware. This series marks a new standard for future-oriented mass data storage, helping enterprises fully unleash data power in the intelligent age.

The fourth industrial revolution has made digital production the currency of modern business models. Digital production turns data into opportunities, then these opportunities into services, and finally into profits. With this new production factor, enterprises must find a way of cost-effectively collecting and storing different types of data such as structured data from core services and mass unstructured data from 5G, IoT, and UHD. Enterprises use AI technologies to analyze and process the massive amounts of data to convert data into knowledge and services, improving production efficiency.

Peter Zhou, President of Huawei Data Storage and Intelligent Vision Product Line, said, “Mass data will play an increasingly important role in enterprise digital transformation. Today, only 2% of global data is stored, and only 10% of the data is being mined for further value. Enterprises are facing insufficient capacity, data silos, and complex management when dealing with mass data. Our OceanStor Pacific Series is designed to answer these pain points, setting a new benchmark for efficient, economical, everlasting mass data storage, and helping us become the trusted choice for mass data.”

Shang Haifeng, President of Huawei Mass Storage Domain, elaborated on Huawei’s three strategic directions for mass data scenarios:

Leading technologies: Huawei builds a series of dedicated hardware and leverages software innovations such as multi-protocol interworking, efficient reduction algorithms, and multi-level reliability to meet scenario-specific needs.

Business innovations: Huawei leverages industry-leading data redundancy protection and reduction technologies to be the first industry player to promote the business model for available capacity. This model enables users to know exactly what they are getting from the start, helping lower procurement costs, TCO, and the usage threshold of mass storage.

Industry expertise: Driven by industry-specific requirements, Huawei constantly innovates its products, accelerates the digital transformation of enterprises, and unleashes data power.

Photo: Huawei / Shang Haifeng, President of Huawei Mass Storage Domain, giving details about the OceanStor Pacific Series

Efficient, Economical, and Everlasting: The Trusted Choice for Mass Data

Huawei released its first generation of file storage in 2009 and has continuously invested in mass data storage ever since, ranking No. 1 in market share in China for four consecutive years. The OceanStor Pacific Series aims to become the trusted choice for mass data by fully utilizing years of know-how in software and hardware, and making groundbreaking innovations in efficiency, cost, and reliability.

Efficient: This series breaks the service boundary to implement uncompromised interworking of file, HDFS, and object protocols, addressing performance and semantic loss issues caused by traditional gateways. In autonomous driving R&D, one Huawei storage system streamlines data processing across different phases. Data does not need to be migrated between multiple storage systems, improving service processing efficiency by 25% and reducing space by 20%. By breaking the performance boundary, the next-generation file system supports bandwidth- and OPS-intensive applications, adapting to increasingly complex HPC loads.

Economical: This series breaks the architectural boundary with the innovative, high-reliability vNode mode along with the next-generation elastic EC technology. It yields a disk utilization of up to 93%, over 40% higher than the industry average, without compromising performance and reliability. Its brand-new node with high density and large capacity supports 120 disks in just a 5 U space with 2.67x density than general-purpose storage servers and 62.5% space reduction. Hot, warm, and cold data is automatically tiered onto SSDs, HDDs, and Blu-ray disks on demand, meaning that data can flow freely without intervention.

Everlasting: The series provides a four-level mechanism for data, devices, systems, and solutions to ensure high reliability. Its comprehensive sub-health detection and pre-processing identify fault risks before they occur. The OceanStor Pacific Series uses cross-cluster active-active and three-site multi-active DR mechanisms for cross-region DR, ensuring 24/7 online services of banking images, online videos, and other production applications.

Huawei OceanStor storage has been deployed in more than 150 countries for more than 12,000 customers in a variety of sectors, including carriers, finance, government, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. Huawei OceanStor storage is the ideal choice for worldwide customers looking to store and process their service data.

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