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NEC Demonstrates Two Smart Enterprise AI & IoT Solutions For Improving Manufacturing Operations

Irving, Texas - September 27, 2017 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading technology integrator of advanced IT, networking, communications, and multimodal biometric solutions, today announced that it will show two Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at the Microsoft Ignite Conference (Booth #1003) in Orlando. Both solutions are built on Microsoft technologies and assist customers with Digital Transformation initiatives. NEC's advanced AI capabilities enable manufacturing companies to reduce defects and trace non-serialized parts through the manufacturing process to finished product.

AI for Visual Inspection uses NEC's advanced AI-powered image analytics capabilities to find and identify defects during the manufacturing process. For example, defects on a metal surface could include scratches, cracks, dirt, burs, and the like. The solution can be hosted on NEC's hyperconverged infrastructure using Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). This provides flexibility to meet individual assembly line requirements, scalability through the addition of additional servers and storage, and security by keeping proprietary information within the facility. In many cases, manufacturers need human workers to distinguish between good parts and bad parts. This technology allows them to accelerate inspection automation and improve productivity.

AI for Parts Traceability enables manufacturing companies to identify parts without serial numbers through NEC's Fingerprint of Things AI pattern recognition capabilities. These parts can then be associated with finished products. The capability to trace non-serialized parts can greatly reduce the cost of product recalls.

"NEC is pleased to once again demonstrate innovative technology solutions for customers undergoing Digital Transformation. Applying NEC's advanced AI capabilities, including image and pattern recognition, to the manufacturing process enables manufacturing companies to optimize their operations and reduce the need for costly product recalls. Microsoft provides the platforms and IoT services for these solutions through on-premises infrastructure, or via the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and hybrid scenarios. We are also pleased to be working closely with GE Digital to bring our technologies to the Predix platform," said Larry Levenberg, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, NEC Corporation of America.

"NEC's deep technical capabilities enable innovative solutions for manufacturing customers who understand the value of digital transformation. Customers benefit from the strengths of all three companies as they transform products and optimize operations. In working with GE Digital and Microsoft, NEC demonstrates the value of a rich partner ecosystem to create solutions for customer Digital Transformation," said Sam George, director, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp.

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NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers' priorities to create new value for people, businesses and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry's strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers' productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology, and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today's most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 160 countries and $25 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit

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