NEC, Microsoft Bring IoT Solutions For Manufacturing, Retail

nec_corporation_microsoft_azureNEC Corporation of America (NEC) in collaboration with Microsoft Thursday announced their latest biometrics based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the manufacturing and retail industries. The solutions which are built on Microsoft Azure platform will be on display at Germany’s Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair from 25 – 29 April 2016.

The manufacturing solution combines NEC face recognition technologies and Factory Energy Management System (FEMS) with Azure IoT technology to create an end-to-end solution for factory maintenance, repair, and operation.

“By integrating factory operational data with employee identification and the case management system, NEC’s solution also improves operational efficiencies and provides the basis for process improvements. The use of biometrics for identification raises security controls to new levels and removes risks associated with entry passwords,” NEC said in a statement.

The retail solution enables a retail establishment, using biometrics, to understand the age and gender of shoppers and gathers information about their interests and purchases. Store management can refine store layout, product placement, marketing and promotional offers, and digital signage to improve operational efficiencies and the bottom line.

“NEC is excited to be working with Microsoft on innovation solutions available to global customers through the broad reach of Microsoft Azure IoT technology. Our strength in biometric solutions provides powerful endpoints for IoT solutions for manufacturing and retail industries. And as demonstrated at Hannover Messe, such solutions can easily incorporate Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM service for a more complete solution. While we are focused on manufacturing and retail solutions today, our offerings are applicable across many industries including public safety, transportation, and hospitality,” said Hiroyumi Inoue, Vice President Global Platform Solution Center, NEC Corporation of America.

Both manufacturing and retail solutions rely on the integration of NEC biometric technology and Azure IoT technology including Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics, as well as the Cortana Intelligence Suite. NEC has also incorporated Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Office 365, and Microsoft Band. The use of Microsoft’s cloud services simplifies deployment across multiple geographies.

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