The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-11-25T00:40:45Z Supporting White Ribbon Day, NEC Australia introduces domestic violence leave for staff 2016-11-25T00:40:45Z supporting-white-ribbon-day-nec-australia-introduces-domestic-violence-leave-for-staff-1 Supporting White Ribbon Day, NEC Australia introduces domestic violence leave for staff   Melbourne, 25 November 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, has announced a new workplace policy that offers paid leave to victims of domestic violence.   Under the policy, full time employees will be able to apply for 10 days leave as a special category that does not impact their personal or sick leave. By adopting the policy, NEC Australia has committed to helping victims of domestic violence feel confident to seek help and support from the company. It also guides the response of NEC Australia and workplace managers to employees whose work life is affected by domestic violence.   Friday 25 November is White Ribbon Day, a national day for the prevention of violence against women. This White Ribbon Day, NEC Australia is calling upon all companies in Australia’s technology industry to adopt better support for all victims of domestic violence.   ”NEC Australia is committed to providing a supportive and understanding environment for staff by implementing appropriate options for employees who require support, as a result of the effects of domestic violence,” said Sue Roberts, Director of People and Culture at NEC Australia.   “Unfortunately the statistics show that domestic violence is not a rare occurrence. On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of domestic violence. It’s time that the community comes together to better support victims of violence so they can safely leave their dangerous home environment and start a better life,” she added.   “Families, friends and workplaces are tasked with an important role of supporting victims of domestic violence when they are at their greatest need, and I encourage all IT Companies in Australia to implement a domestic violence policy to encourage change,” commented Sue Roberts.   NEC Australia’s policy applies to male and female employees, however incidents reported to state police across Australia overwhelmingly concern female victims. In 2014 police in Australia recorded just under 54,000 victims of domestic violence-related assault. There were 12 times as many female victims of domestic violence compared to male victims in some states, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.    NEC Australia operates Australia-wide with large workforces in metropolitan and regional areas in all States and Territories in the country, with over 1700 employees.     Importantly, NEC Australia is adopting a holistic approach to responding to staff affected by domestic violence. NEC Australia team managers and its ‘People and Culture’ unit are required to treat employee reports of domestic violence confidentially.   “Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence can raise the issue with their team manager or directly with People and Culture in the knowledge that the matter will be treated sympathetically and confidentially,” said Sue Roberts.   NEC Australia’s leave policy takes into account time required by employees who are victims of domestic violence, which includes time taken for medical and legal assistance, court appearances, counselling, relocation, and making other safety arrangements. The amount of leave provided will be determined by the individual’s situation through consultation between the employee, their Team Manager and People and Culture.   Under the policy, employees and contractors of NEC Australia are guaranteed that information concerning matters of domestic violence are treated confidentially by team managers and staff from People and Culture.   Ends     Angela Coombes Public Relations Manager NEC Australia Pty Ltd M: 0417 805 441 E: angela.coombes@nec.com.au NEC on: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn au.nec.com New NEC office in Wollongong drives ICT jobs growth in regional Australia 2016-09-28T01:35:11Z new-nec-office-in-wollongong-drives-ict-jobs-growth-in-regional-australia-3 NEC Australia & Northern Territory Police Innovation Wins National iAward 2016-09-01T23:07:42Z nec-australia-northern-territory-police-innovation-wins-national-iaward-1 NEC Australia & Northern Territory Police Innovation Wins National iAward Melbourne, 02 September 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, together with the Northern Territory (NT) Police Force are proud to announce they have been presented as the national winner of the prestigious Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year iAward at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 2016 iAwards. The award recognises the Watch House project – designed, customised and implemented by NEC and the Northern Territory Police - as an Australian first facial recognition solution*. It accurately identifies people being brought into custody in under 10 seconds, in a dramatic speed improvement from standard system that can take from minutes to hours to deliver results. As the new platform helps fight crime and protect the Northern Territory community, it is also enhancing the workplace for Watch House officers and staff. The solution does this as it has been designed to meet the exact workflow needs of the Northern Territory Police. Importantly, the technology has already saved lives and has reduced 108,000 minutes of police administration work through the efficiency of the new system and has diminished 1800 hours of printing administration duties time for officers to redeploy their time back into the community to manage other matters. "It is an honour to win a national iAward for this amazing project," said Sergeant Chris Brand from Northern Territory Police. "Our facial recognition technology platform is now rapidly identifying people brought into custody and making a significant contribution to how we conduct investigations and combat crime. Importantly, it’s also improving overall safety and freeing officers to spend more time in-field." No other similar agency in Australia is using NeoFace, NEC’s facial recognition technology, as a single point solution. NeoFace accurately matches, against Police databases, any images from CCTV footage, body-worn video cameras or phones. This information-matching from the face alone is overcoming delays in clarifying details as people come into custody. And the system also assists in the identification of individuals with medical issues or who might pose a risk to themselves, the public, or police. "The development of the Watch House project was the result of an intense, collaborative effort between NEC and the Northern Territory Police. And its success involved extensive customisation and field testing of the NeoFace solution by our Melbourne-based R&D team. We are proud to support the NT Police in its drive to achieve a safer, smarter workplace as they protect their community. And it’s very gratifying for this innovative platform to be recognised by the AIIA iAwards," said Mike Barber, Chief Operating Officer at NEC Australia. The iAwards give students, researchers, governments, SME's and large businesses the chance to showcase their innovative ideas and projects to the nation, enabling them to be recognised and rewarded for showcasing the potential to, or already having a positive impact on the community - at home, in the office and on a global scale. -ENDS- * According to NEC Australia research. About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. ©2016 NEC Corporation. For more enquiries please contact: Angela Coombes Public Relations Manager NEC Australia M: 0417 805 441 E: angela.coombes@nec.com.au South Australia Police tap NEC for facial recognition edge over criminals 2016-08-01T00:30:00Z south-australia-police-tap-nec-for-facial-recognition-edge-over-criminals South Australia Police tap NEC for facial recognition edge over criminals Melbourne & Tokyo, 1 August 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading technology services company, together with NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), today announced it has been selected to deliver South Australia Police’s facial recognition system, its latest weapon against crime in the state to support forensic, investigative and front-line policing operations. The facial recognition technology will help South Australia Police (SAPOL) solve crimes faster, apprehend criminals earlier, and assist with criminal investigations, including searching for missing persons more efficiently. SAPOL expects the system to contribute to a safer community. The turnkey system delivered by NEC Australia is based on NEC’s internationally acclaimed NeoFace facial recognition software, featuring NEC's facial recognition algorithm which has been recognised as providing the world's highest authentication accuracy and speed*. The technology enables police to monitor, scan, detect and search images of suspects, even poor quality photographs and video streams, for matches against mugshot databases. “The strength of NEC’s NeoFace technology lies in its tolerance of poor quality images and surveillance video, which allows law enforcement authorities to use evidence previously considered of little or no value in order to achieve higher rates of identification,” said Mike Barber, Chief Operating Officer of NEC Australia. NEC Australia’s in-country Research and Development team based in Melbourne is working closely with SAPOL to develop applications using NEC’s world leading facial biometrics technology that meet the SAPOL operational requirements. The facial recognition system offers SAPOL a powerful investigative tool that is integrated with other biometric technologies and core policing systems. NEC’s finger scanning and facial recognition technology have been implemented in over 70 countries around the globe to support customers that include law enforcement agencies and large enterprises. The successful deployment with SAPOL demonstrates NEC Australia's commitment to deliver a safer, more secure and sustainable society by leveraging its internationally recognised technologies in traditional IT, smart infrastructure, communications, and public safety. * http://www.nec.com/en/global/solutions/biometrics/technologies/nist_proven_accuracy.html Ends About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. ©2016 NEC Corporation. About NEC Corporation NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com. The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/vision/message.html For media enquiries please contact: Angela Coombes Public Relations Manager NEC Australia M: 0417 805 441 E: angela.coombes@nec.com.au NEC Australia becomes a strategic Microsoft IoT partner 2016-03-15T01:26:00Z nec-australia-becomes-a-strategic-microsoft-iot-partner Melbourne, 15 March 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading technology services company, has become the newest strategic partner to Microsoft’s Azure IoT (Internet of Things) program. NEC Australia and Microsoft will co-develop IoT solutions for clients in vertical markets including manufacturing, retail, health and transport using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and Azure IoT Suite. As a strategic partner, NEC Australia will be using Azure IoT Suite to solve new business challenges, which include solutions for public safety, transport, asset management, health, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite helps customers rapidly provision solutions that collect, analyse, store and visualise data from billions of IoT devices, as well as integrate services with existing business processes. The IoT Suite can be integrated with Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Storage, Azure DocumentDB, Azure Web Apps, and Microsoft Power BI. Azure IoT Hub is Microsoft’s cloud-gateway service, which helps secure, provision and maintain IoT devices as well as allowing devices to talk with each other and to services hosted in the Azure cloud. NEC Australia was selected because it could demonstrate a deep understanding Microsoft technologies and of the power to transform business processes by integrating cloud and IoT technologies. The company has also leveraged the Azure platform to deliver innovative IoT solutions to clients that are built for scale and long-term agility. “When we started our work on IoT we were looking for a platform that was cost effective, scalable and that would allow us to go to market quickly,” said Gordon Gay, head of research and development at NEC. “We look at business challenges faced by our customers in health, enterprise and government and ask ourselves: Is there a better way of solving it than the way they are currently doing things?” Often we solve not the perceived problem but the underlying problem. In some cases this innovative approach leads to new business models for our customers. NEC has demonstrated proven success in IoT across industries, including remote patient safety delivered via connected mobile phones, safety devices and Azure IoT Suite. “The logic we applied to the solution in the cloud means that when someone raises a duress, this can be handled in a known repeatable process,” said Gay. NEC has also built an IoT system for the manufacturing industry that combines NEC’s award-winning FieldAnalyst facial detection system and utilises Azure IoT for communications, analytics, and data storage. Other solutions based on this biometric technology, include a visitor management system, called Neoface Welcome. This solution enables people to be greeted by name on arrival and is used to trigger actions like access management and visitor arrival alerts to provide new user experience. Lee Hickin, Microsoft Australia’s IoT lead, said NEC was one of the organisations getting early mover advantage with IoT. “Companies like NEC are reaping the benefits of the endless possibilities being offered by this new technology. They are envisaging solutions and creating products that solve problems that some customers aren’t even aware that they have,” Mr Hickin said. “IoT opens up customer scenarios that offer exponential benefits to organisations, and the companies that understand that potential are gaining a distinct commercial advantage.” The new partnerships builds on 30 years of collaboration between NEC and Microsoft at a global level, which has expanded over the years from deep engineering collaboration focussed on server, storage and networking, to more recent joint initiatives on Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Ends About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com For media enquiries please contact: Angela Coombes Public Relations Manager NEC Australia M: 0417 805 441 E: angela.coombes@nec.com.au NEC Australia Announces its 2015 Strategic Vision (Media Release) 2015-02-24T02:48:45Z nec-australia-announces-its-2015-strategic-vision NEC Australia envisions further IT services success in 2015  Melbourne, 24 February 2015 - NEC Australia, a leading Australian IT services and technology firm, has announced its 2015 strategic vision designed to deliver a safer, smarter and a more secure society to further enhance its reputation as a leading ICT services and solutions organisation.   Last year, NEC Australia executed the first phase of a major internal business transformation in hand with one of the strongest years in its 45-year history in Australia, proving that successful transformation can be delivered alongside remarkable performance.  2014 was capped by major contract wins, including the Department of Defence, the Northern Territory Government and South Australia Police to name a few.   “We’ve achieved successes that few companies can fairly say they’ve matched in the time we’ve done it in, from merging core operations and services across two formerly separate organisations to achieving landmark deals that set the stage for NEC Australia’s future as Australia’s leading IT services and solutions firm,” said Tetsuro Akagi, Managing Director, NEC Australia.    Building on the successes of 2014, NEC Australia is on target to exceed expectations in its financial year for 2015, as customers continue to drive providers to unleash the next wave of innovations from big data, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and public safety solutions including biometric security solutions.   NEC has participated in the development of the OpenFlow protocol for SDN since its inception at Stanford University in 2008. In fact, NEC pioneered the technology’s commercialisation, becoming the world’s first provider of commercialised SDN-based network solutions via its UNIVERGE PF series. NEC’s aggressive investments in the productisation of this technology have helped enterprises across the globe gain efficiencies in the operation of virtualised and cloud-based server environments.   NEC Australia is committed to deliver these types of advantages to the local market in order to differentiate our go-to-market services and  support organisations seeking significant efficiency gains in private and hybrid cloud deployments.    NEC Australia has proved to the Australian market that it has capabilities that go well beyond its reputable telecommunications history to encompass everything from supporting state of the art core ICT Infrastructure to designing and deploying innovative public safety systems. Recent examples include the provision of next generation policing capabilities to the South Australian Police’s Android-based mobile fingerprint solution and combining Liverpool City Council’s CCTV and free public wi-fi network in NSW.   NEC Australia is uniquely positioned to continue to capture the interest of Australian organisations that are seeking to deploy ICT as a business efficiency enabler.   In 2015, NEC Australia is expected to continue a strong growth trend and to invest in the local markets including the establishment of a major ICT operations facility at a NSW University in order to provide critical support services to government clients throughout NSW.    These investments in new operational facilities and innovative technologies coupled to our established services and solutions business ensures that NEC Australia has capacity to meet the demand for ICT solutions that will help customers minimise overlapping capital projects and improve resource utilisation levels through aligning operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) gaps.  This convergence is the subject of much debate that is occurring in many organisations ranging from local government to public safety services to critical infrastructure utilities providers.   Ends    About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.   NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au  NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. © 2015 NEC Corporation.  NEC Australia press contact: Angela Coombes NEC Australiaangela.coombes@nec.com.au Phone +61 2 9930 2234     Mobile +61 417 805 441   NEC Australia congratulates 2014 National Merit iAward recipient and customer, South Australia Police 2014-08-29T08:18:02Z nec-australia-congratulates-2014-national-iaward-recipient-and-customer-south-australia-police NEC's Face Recognition Technology Ranks First in NIST Testing for Third Consecutive Time 2014-07-16T05:58:22Z nec-s-face-recognition-technology-ranks-first-in-nist-testing-for-third-consecutive-time-1 Tokyo & Irving, Texas – July 16, 2014 – NEC Corporation (NEC) along with NEC Corporation of America (NECAM), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, managed services and biometric solutions, today announced that NEC’s face recognition technology achieved the highest performance evaluation in the recent Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2014 performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Results were released in NIST’s Interagency Report - NISTIR 8009 - Performance of Face Recognition Algorithms.*  The NIST report is widely viewed as the benchmark of determining which face recognition software solution is the most accurate for one-to-many searching under a variety of situations. **   NEC’s technology took first place for the third consecutive time following the 2009 Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge (MBGC 2009) and 2010-2011 Multiple Biometrics Evaluation (MBE 2010-2011). The most recent FRVT test for one-to-many searching (class C) evaluated the accuracy of database enrollments and personal identity searches using massive volumes of face image data (over 1.6 million people), including multiple “high quality” criminal mugshots, “low quality” webcam snap shots, and “standard quality” passport/visa photo images.   Twelve commercial vendors and four academic institutions participated within the FRVT evaluation, which consisted of several test scenarios designed to determine accuracy based on measured error rates. Not only did NEC’s search accuracy exceed competitors by a wide margin, it also improved significantly from the past MBE 2010 testing. In the test of rank one miss rates for recognition in a population size of 1.6 million, NEC achieved 4.1% followed with 9.1% for the second best vendor. Putting this in perspective between NEC and the second best vendor can mean missing 80,000 candidates already on rank 1.    Also, NEC’s face recognition algorithms were faster than all participating vendors, requiring approximately 0.2 seconds per image to create and search an image against 1.6 million records.  NEC’s matching rate is more than 6.2 million matches per second per core.  Overall, the NEC algorithms are typically twice as or up to more than 15 times faster than competitors’ algorithms.   Moreover, according to NEC’s own evaluation tests, it has significantly improved its “one-to-one” matching capabilities, where two face images are evaluated to determine if they are the same person, achieving an exceptional level of accuracy and reducing the authentication error rate by 2/3 when compared to its existing technologies.   “The NIST benchmark test provides objective and accurate evaluations through ‘blind testing’ of authentication technologies belonging to a wide range of companies. These tests are supported by leading organisations that include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, helping to attract attention from around the world as a highly reliable assessment,” said Shigeki Yamagata, general manager, Information and Media Processing Laboratories, NEC Corporation.   “These results are extraordinary when considering the prior NIST MBGC 2009 and MBE 2010 testing in which NEC also registered the top ranking and superior performance.  These improvements demonstrate that NEC is not only outperforming our competitors, but also advancing our own solution,” said Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of NECAM’s Biometrics Solutions Division. “NEC’s face recognition matching algorithm improved the most in one-to-many search accuracy as compared to the other industry participants.”   The NEC automated face recognition (AFR) solution is gaining wider acceptance in several new industries beyond its traditional use in law enforcement.  Retail, hospitality and other businesses are realising potential financial benefits and improved customer satisfaction by enhancing the customer experience with AFR.   Since the 1970s NEC has invested significant resources in the research and development of its biometric identification technologies, and has consistently achieved world-leading results in independent, third-party testing. These latest test results re-confirm NEC's superior matching capabilities within the world of face recognition.   “The strength of NEC’s face recognition technology lies in its tolerance of poor quality, highly compressed surveillance videos and images,” said Beroukhim.  ”While facial recognition technology was once considered of marginal value, use of NEC’s face recognition technology is now leading to a higher rate of positive identifications in real life investigations where the accuracy of NEC distances itself from other face recognition technology providers and help keep our communities safe.”   * http://biometrics.nist.gov/cs_links/face/frvt/frvt2013/NIST_8009.pdf   ** Results shown from the Multiple Biometric Evaluation 2010, the 2011 follow-up study, and the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2013 do not constitute endorsement of any particular product by the U.S. Government.   To learn more about NEC’s biometrics solutions, visit the web site.  About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.   NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au  NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.© 2014 NEC Corporation.  NEC Australia press contact: Angela Coombes NEC Australiaangela.coombes@nec.com.au Phone +61 2 9930 2234     Mobile +61 417 805 441   NEC Australia congratulates 2014 SA State iAward recipient and customer, South Australia Police 2014-07-01T03:17:34Z nec-australia-congratulates-2014-sa-state-iaward-recipient-and-customer-south-australia-police Adelaide – 30 June 2014: NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services provider, congratulates South Australia Police (SAPOL) on winning two prestigious SA State iAwards for outstanding information and communication technologies (ICT) innovation dedicated to delivering improved government service to the community.   SA Police won the “SA State iAward” for the Fingerprint scanning solution project, as well as the “SA Premier iAward”. This is a new award announced by the SA Premier awarded to an SA Government Agency for investing in best ICT practices.   Into its 20th year this year, the prestigious State iAwards recognises the achievements and innovation made in ICT across all facets of the economy in Australia.   In an Australian first, NEC Australia developed a powerful, simple to use mobile fingerprint solution for SAPOL operations officers. The new Android smartphone-based application enhances policing capabilities by accurately verifying ‘on-the-spot’ identification of persons of interest at the scene, and providing background information in real-time. It is a highly flexible, robust and cost effective deployment.   The Mobile Fingerprint Scanning solution was developed in Australia by SAPOL in conjunction with NEC Australia, using NEC’s biometric and identification solutions.   Chris Korte, State Manager of SA at NEC Australia, said “The accessibility and ease of use of this mobility solution has placed sophisticated policing tools in the hands of South Australia’s patrol officers. SAPOL is to be congratulated for its technological innovation to create a safer environment for the people of South Australia. As a proud partner of SAPOL, NEC looks forward to working together to continue to offer innovative solutions which make a difference to the South Australian community.”   Ends   About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.   NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au  NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. © 2014 NEC Corporation.  NEC Australia press contact: Angela Coombes NEC Australiaangela.coombes@nec.com.au Phone +61 2 9930 2234     Mobile +61 417 805 441   New Managing Director appointed to drive next phase of NEC Australia growth 2014-01-23T04:11:00Z new-managing-director-appointed-to-drive-next-phase-of-nec-australia-growth MELBOURNE – 23 January 2014 - NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services provider, today announced the appointment of Mr. Tetsuro Akagi as Managing Director, effective today, to lead the next phase of NEC Australia’s growth.  Mr. Akagi is a 30 year NEC veteran with vast international experience in sales, business planning and management functions gained in America, Hong Kong and China. For the past two years, Mr. Akagi has been Chief Planning Officer at NEC Australia, responsible for legal, risk and compliance, corporate IT, several specialised solutions business areas as well as strategic liaison with NEC Asia Pacific and NEC Corporation. Mr. Akagi said: “I am honoured to be appointed as Managing Director of NEC Australia and am looking forward to the challenge of leading the company through its next phase of growth. Over the last three years we have evolved the business from a solely communications business into an integrated, multi-vendor ICT solutions and services organisation. In particular, the acquisition of CSG’s Technology Solutions group in 2012 has allowed us to develop many new, valued added solutions and services for our customers and to develop a large and growing pipeline of opportunities.” “My vision is to make NEC Australia the leading group in NEC globally, with the most recognised portfolio of leading edge ICT solutions and services. I am confident that we can achieve that goal in the mid-term by leveraging the enthusiasm and commitment of our talented pool of employees.” Regional head, Mr. Toshiya Matsuki, Chief Executive Officer of NEC Asia Pacific (Regional HQ), commented: “Mr. Akagi’s appointment reflects the importance of the Australian marketplace to NEC and the new business model that is evolving there. We are very pleased with the progress made and look forward to further deepening our relationships with customers and partners with Mr. Akagi’s appointment.” Ends About NEC Corporation NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.com About NEC Australia NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au MEDIA CONTACT: Angela Coombes Public Relations Manager NEC Australia angela.coombes@nec.com.au Phone +61 2 9930 2234     Mobile +61 417 805 441 NEC Cloud Collaboration to accelerate hybrid unified communications take-up in Australia 2013-10-17T07:10:00Z nec-cloud-collaboration-to-accelerate-hybrid-unified-communications-take-up-in-australia Press Release SYDNEY – 17 October 2013 – NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services provider, has today launched NEC Cloud Collaboration, a secure Australian-hosted service that makes it simpler to enable unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) for businesses under a hybrid on-premise and cloud deployment model. NEC Cloud Collaboration offers Australian SME, enterprise and government customers a flexible approach to business transformation with pay-as-you-go pricing for the industry’s broadest portfolio of UC&C technologies. Built upon the Cisco® Hosted Collaboration Solution platform, NEC’s Cloud Collaboration cloud application portfolio includes solutions for telephony/voice, video and web conferencing, mobile devices, presence, chat and instant messaging, and contact centres. NEC Cloud Collaboration will address major obstacles to the uptake of UC&C amongst businesses by opening up new opportunities to selectively migrate telephony and communications to the cloud. It also addresses the implementation and integration complexities normally associated with UC&C enablement in Australian businesses. For the past decade, UC&C has helped foster better workforce collaboration by integrating the user-experience across voice, video, data and mobile communication channels. Despite the potential for UC&C to improve business processes, its adoption amongst Australian organisations remains below 10 per cent, according to new research independently produced by ICT research firm Telsyte. Based on Telsyte’s survey of over 300 Australian IT decision makers, the key barriers to adopting unified communications in Australian businesses are:• Return on investment and cost (36 percent)• Reliability concerns (29 percent)• Complexity (28 percent)• Lack of in-house skills (24 percent)• Complexity integrating with existing systems (20 percent)• Inability to integrate with other applications (19 percent) Existing on-premise architectures have posed major obstacles to UC&C adoption in Australian businesses. With UC&C capabilities often sold as “add-ons” to a regular IP-PABX or as a completely new system that requires the old system to be replaced, the upgrade path has been seen as too complex or too costly. However, the availability of robust cloud deployment solutions, backed by local migration and integration expertise is set to change the existing Australian UC&C landscape, which today is dominated (79 percent) by on-premise only deployments. Cloud-based delivery provides an opportunity to overcome the implementation and integration challenges of monolithic UC&C upgrade projects. “Telsyte believes the cloud delivery model represents the best opportunity for UC to become a mainstream business service. As cloud services mature, UC will become much closer to what people expect from business communications, rather than a premium add-on,” said Rodney Gedda, Senior Analyst, Telsyte. “With NEC Australia’s Cloud Collaboration, Australian customers can selectively migrate capabilities to the cloud, gradually migrating services when and where it suits customers’ business needs,” states Steve Blunt, Executive General Manager of Communications Solutions at NEC Australia. “The new service provides customers with the option to ramp-up capacity and capabilities as they’re required also provides an alternative to the high upfront costs, capital investments and often costly integration work associated with on-premise deployments, all backed by NEC Australia’s 25 years of experience in managed services.” Combined with NEC Australia’s managed service solutions for on-premise UC&C deployments, customers have the flexibility to migrate systems to the cloud where it delivers the greatest value or retain on-premise or hosted deployments in a third-party data centre where it makes sense for the customer. “With its 25 years of experience in managing critical, real-time communication services, NEC’s introduction of Cloud Collaboration powered by Cisco provides Australian businesses with an effective way to increase their productivity while at the same time reducing overall complexity and cost. NEC and Cisco are delivering to market a full featured, Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution that directly addresses the barriers identified by the Telsyte research by providing a cloud-based, people-centric experience that enables our customers to confidently communicate and collaborate using any content, on any device, anywhere,” said Vaughan Klein, Regional Manager for Collaboration, Cisco Australia and New Zealand. “It’s been a tremendous partnership and we’re also delighted that NEC engaged Cisco Advanced Services for the planning, design and efficient implementation of their platform.” Under both deployment models, customers are supported by NEC Australia’s extensive multi-vendor expertise in migrating and integrating cloud environments with legacy infrastructure, helping customers unify communications across desktops, smartphones, soft-phones, tablets and video-conferencing equipment.Ends About NEC AustraliaNEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com About NEC CorporationNEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.com NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.© 2013 NEC Corporation. NEC Australia extends cloud solutions tailored for Australian businesses and Government 2013-10-10T04:43:00Z nec-australia-extends-cloud-solutions-tailored-for-australian-businesses-and-government Press ReleaseMELBOURNE – 10 October 2013 – NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services provider, today announced the launch of its extended NEC Cloud Solutions portfolio, expanding its range of locally-hosted cloud offerings. This comprehensive cloud solution suite will support customers’ infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based deployments, meeting Australian organisations’ demand for secure, locally-hosted cloud solutions backed up by trusted local expertise and support. Key benefits of NEC Australia’s extended cloud solutions portfolio:allows the development of private, public and hybrid cloud environmentssupports a modular approach to deploying services in the cloudaddresses the skills shortages in delivering reliable cloud solutionsensures reliability and security in the cloud Data sovereignty, privacy and security remain key concerns for local organisations considering a move to cloud-based solutions. NEC Australia’s onshore provision of cloud solutions means customers can rest assured their data remains locally managed and supported by NEC Australia staff. To further support Australian business development, NEC has selected several Australian-owned and operated data centre partners to deliver a secure, scalable, reliable, and high-redundancy service nation-wide. NEC Australia’s Cloud Solutions portfolio offers a unique proposition to Australian organisations that are migrating infrastructure, applications or services to the cloud. “NEC Australia recognises that customers want to migrate to the cloud. Our experience shows that customers benefit from having a trusted partner who manages integration and transformation complexities, and also provides the tailored customisation required for a successful cloud transformation,” says Tasso Mangos, Chief Technology Officer, NEC Australia. “With our locally-hosted and serviced cloud solutions, NEC Australia provides a superior level of security and services across all cloud related application development, consulting and managed services. We understand customer needs from both the technology and business perspectives and can support customers cloud requirements through their entire technology lifecycle.” NEC Australia’s integrated service capability is coupled with a modular cloud architecture, which enables customers to take a controlled and flexible approach to transitioning resources to the cloud. The approach is designed to meet customers’ specific service environments while balancing current technology and business needs. The five pillars of NEC Australia’s Cloud Solutions include the following categories: • NEC Cloud Transformation• NEC Cloud Infrastructure • NEC Cloud Unified Workspace• NEC Cloud Business Enablement• NEC Cloud Applications This month, NEC Australia will launch NEC Cloud Collaboration, a service that takes unified communications to the cloud, transforming business collaboration and communications technologies with a low risk, flexible cloud service without any capital outlay for equipment, licensing or IT support. NEC Australia’s trusted contact centre solutions will also be delivered by the cloud, with the upcoming launch of NEC Cloud Contact Centre, providing integrated call centre solutions in highly-complex multi-site environments. By better managing customer service centres, help desks, collections, telemarketing and voice self-service, NEC enables customers to pick and choose the capabilities that meet their business needs and use them independently, or together, to further leverage their return-on-investment. Further launches of NEC’s cloud solutions are planned for the year ahead, in addition to current cloud offering already in the market, such as NEC Australia’s IaaS and PaaS solutions and Cloud Readiness Assessment consulting services. ### About NEC AustraliaNEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments. NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au About NEC CorporationNEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.comNEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.© 2013 NEC Corporation. NEC Australia launches Professional Services practice in NSW 2013-08-27T02:40:00Z nec-australia-launches-professional-services-practice-in-nsw MELBOURNE – 27 August 2013 – NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, today announced the launch of a new Professional Services practice in NSW, providing ICT consulting services to companies requiring access to flexible, specialist skill-sets to meet changing business needs. NEC Australia’s Professional Services business, which supports clients from a range of industries, including utilities, media, banking, government, financial services, FMCG, manufacturing and gaming, already has a presence in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. The new Sydney practice will also be targeting these industries. The decision to expand into NSW reflects the increasing market demand from businesses for this type of service, justifying the investment in developing a local practice. Graham Atwell has been appointed to launch, lead and grow the new Professional Services practice in NSW. He will lead a team focused on building relationships with NEC’s existing customer base as well as targeting new customers to provide ICT consulting services to companies requiring access to flexible, specialist skill-sets to meet changing business needs.Graham, who knows the Sydney IT market well, brings significant professional services and recruitment experience to his new role. He joins NEC Australia from UXC Consulting where he worked for over three years. Prior to this, Graham managed his own IT recruitment business in NSW, specialising in IT security. “NEC Australia’s Professional Services team offers businesses access to an agile ICT workforce, providing customers with high quality, skilled resources as needed,” says Blair Gowans, Director of Professional Services, NEC Australia. “We welcome Graham to the team and look forward to working with NSW businesses to support the extension of their internal ICT personnel capabilities.”EndsNEC Australia press contact: Angela Coombes NEC Australia angela.coombes@nec.com.au Phone +61 2 9930 2234 Mobile +61 417 805 441About NEC AustraliaNEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au About NEC CorporationNEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.comNEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. © 2013 NEC Corporation. NEC web platform empowers NSW Working with Children Checks 2013-07-08T02:42:00Z nec-web-platform-empowers-nsw-working-with-children-checks MELBOURNE – 8 July 2013 – NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, today announced that it has designed and built a new core IT platform for the Office of the Children’s Guardian, helping them to implement the new NSW Working with Children Check legislation. The web-based application is Australia’s first online working with children screening system and is an important part of helping NSW workplaces to become child-safe. Launching the new Check, the NSW Children’s Guardian Ms Kerryn Boland said, “The new online system enables NSW employers to access a quick and clear answer as to whether they can employ someone in a child-related role.”Volunteers and workers use the online system to apply for a clearance to work with children. Employers then use an online portal to verify the status of an employee or volunteer. The system also facilitates the back end processing of checks, streamlines decision-making processes by staff and provides management with analytical data.The internal web application automates correspondence with applicants, task allocation for personnel, risk assessment and criminal records procurement from the police and is designed to provide personnel with decision suggestions based on complex business rules, and management with analytics reporting. NEC Australia’s bespoke solution was built on Microsoft’s .NET development framework and SQL 2008 R2 database running on Windows servers. NEC Australia designed the system with an eye on future deployments on mobile integrations. “NEC Australia is proud of our work with the Office of the Children’s Guardian to improve public safety in our community,” says Antony Dutton, Director of IT Business Solutions at NEC Australia. “This is a significant project that showcases our technical innovation in the public sector.”The Office of the Children’s Guardian is also in the position to integrate a mobile application in the near future. Importantly, the system delivers cost effective maintenance and resourcing, and a solid grounding for future cost savings and innovation in service delivery.EndsNEC Australia press contact:Angela CoombesNEC Australia angela.coombes@nec.com.auPhone +61 2 9930 2234 Mobile +61 417 805 441About NEC AustraliaNEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at www.nec.com.au About NEC CorporationNEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.comNEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.© 2013 NEC Corporation. NEC Australia wins 2013 Microsoft Dynamics APAC Partner of the Year Award 2013-06-19T03:52:00Z nec-australia-wins-2013-microsoft-dynamics-apac-partner-of-the-year-award MELBOURNE – 19 June 2013 – NEC Australia, a leading technology solutions and services company, has proudly announced it has won the 2013 Asia Pacific Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year Award. The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. “Receiving the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Award for the APAC region is an honour for NEC Australia,” said Antony Dutton, Director of IT Business Solutions at NEC Australia. “This recognition of our capability across the entire Microsoft Dynamics suite is an outstanding result for NEC Australia and demonstrates the uniquely powerful IT resources we have in the team.”NEC Australia provides end-to-end technology solutions and services spanning the design, build and ongoing support of ICT solutions, helping customers maximise the ROI from their technology investments. NEC Australia has ear marked significant investments in 2013 and beyond in the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions as it looks to consolidate its position as a leader in market.A key factor contributing to this development is the company’s dedication to diving deeply into a customer’s business processes. This unique approach takes a holistic view of each individual business and technology environment, including assessing strategy, technologies, operations, people and processes and then adapting this to what is specifically needed from a software solution.This recognition is based on NEC Australia’s submissions into the worldwide partner of the year awards, which honour Microsoft partners who have delivered innovative solutions during the past year that directly addresses customer challenges.NEC Australia will be recognised at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards Night and Dinner on 9 July at The Corinthian in Houston, USA.EndsNEC Australia press contact:Angela CoombesNEC Australia angela.coombes@nec.com.auPhone +61 2 9930 2234 Mobile +61 417 805 441About NEC AustraliaNEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com About NEC CorporationNEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross-utilise the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.comNEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All rights reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.© 2013 NEC Corporation.