NEC America

NEC Corporation of America, a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, networking and biometric solutions, today announced the demonstration of new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the manufacturing and retail industries. Built with Microsoft Azure IOT technology, both solutions will be on display at Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair, 25 – 29 April 2016, Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany.

The manufacturing solution, hosted in Microsoft’s booth (Hall 7, Stand C40), combines NEC award-winning 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. Analyzing energy consumption data to identify maintenance needs and automatically creating work orders enables a preventive maintenance culture within the plant. 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.

The retail solution, hosted in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) booth (Hall 8, Stand C24), enables a retail establishment 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.

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.

The demonstration of these new solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology is another example of the long history of collaboration between NEC and Microsoft Corp., which dates back to 1979. While the two companies continue to engage in deep engineering collaboration focused on server, storage, and networking solutions, as well as SQL Server, the relationship has expanded to solutions that include Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM across a number of industries.

“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.

“Once again, NEC is delivering innovative business solutions built on Microsoft platforms. The intelligence revolution starts with business, and by utilizing our Intelligent Cloud, NEC is helping business customers empower their employees and optimize operations. We are happy that NEC is joining us at HMI for a second year as we continue to define the future of Manufacturing in a Digital World,” said Çağlayan Arkan, General Manager of Worldwide Manufacturing and Resources at Microsoft.

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