This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.
NEC has completed a proof-of-concept demonstration of a 5G-based facial recognition system that can be temporarily deployed at event venues without the need for new cable installation.
The prototype system was tested at NTT Docomo's 5G Open Lab in Okinawa as part of the operator's 5G Open Partner Program, which seeks to encourage the creation of new 5G use cases.
The system utilizes 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies to enable instant face recognition using mobile networks.
In order to optimize bandwidth, monitoring cameras can stream low definition images when people are not detected, and high definition images when certain behaviors are detected.
The demo system consists of NEC's face recognition AI engine NeoFace, Image Analysis and Behavior Detection System and Context-aware Service Controller solutions. They are installed on MEC servers and connected through a virtualized evolved packet core.
“NEC will continue to develop and offer a variety of solutions as a top vendor of domestic mobile core networks in the 5G era and to contribute to the expansion of the DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program, while taking advantage of our experience and knowhow," NEC GM for network solutions Kazuhiro Tagawa said.