NEC selected to implement biometric solutions for NIISe

  • Solutions feature highly accurate, reliable multimodal biometrics authentication
  • To be deployed at immigration checkpoints to enable smooth passenger experiences

From Left to right: Chong Kai Wooi, managing director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia (NEC Malaysia); Poh Soon Sim, executive deputy chairman, IRIS Corporation Berhad; Akihiko Kumagai, president of Global Business Unit, NEC Corporation; Mohamad Fauzi bin Md Isa, deputy secretary general (Policy & Control), Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia; Takashi Katsuhiko, Japan ambassador to Malaysia; Shaiful Zahrin bin Subhan, group chief executive officer, IRIS Corporation Berhad; Supiani binti Sibin, project director (NIISe), Immigration Department of MalaysiaNEC Corporation of Malaysia has been awarded the sub-contract for the implementation of its automated biometric identification system (NEC ABIS) and border control solution (e-Gate) by the main contractor for the National Integrated Immigration System (NIISe), Iris Information Technology Systems Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iris Corporation Berhad. 

In a statement, the IT and network technologies firm said NIISe is an initiative by the ministry of home affairs aimed at modernising the immigration department of Malaysia with advanced digital technology.

When Iris created the first ePassport in collaboration with the Immigration Department of Malaysia in 1998, it necessitated the introduction and deployment of the eGates to read and verify ePassports via traveler thumbprint. 

Today, 24 years later, NEC said it will be providing the NEC ABIS and NEC e-Gate systems, featuring highly accurate and reliable multi-modal biometrics authentication, as one of the key technology partners subcontracted for the NIISe project.

It said its biometrics technology uses fingerprint, iris, and face recognition to authenticate identities of visitors and Malaysians at air, sea, and land immigration checkpoints. 

The NEC e-Gates, a component of NEC’s Border Control Solution will be deployed at all immigration checkpoints to enable smoother passenger experiences, it added.

Chong Kai Wooi, managing director of NEC Malaysia said, “Biometrics technology will also enhance security and efficiency while providing travelers a secure and seamless experience when going through the e-Gates at the immigration checkpoints.

“We are confident that the NEC ABIS, as an important component to the backbone architecture of NIISe will also provide effective and efficient processing of all related transactions for the immigration,” said Chong.

Shaiful Zahrin Bin Subhan, group chief executive officer at Iris Corporation, said, “As our technology partner, NEC has provided invaluable feedback and ideas during our initial discussions and helped identify potential pain points in modernising the immigration system.”

To date NEC claimed that it has implemented over 1,000 systems with its fingerprint and face recognition technologies in more than 70 countries and regions, including systems for approximately 50 airports around the world.


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