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NEC sees AI, IoT as key to digital transformation for manufacturing

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NEC said these new solutions will help companies willing to undergo digital transformation processes

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a technology integrator of advanced IT, networking, communications, and multimodal biometric solutions, announced that it will show two artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) solutions at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, which takes place this week in Orlando, Florida.

NEC said both solutions are built on Microsoft technologies and assist customers with digital transformation initiatives. NEC’s AI capabilities enable manufacturing companies to reduce defects and trace non-serialized parts through the manufacturing process to finished product.

NEC’s AI for visual inspection solution uses the firm’s advanced AI-powered image analytics capabilities to find and identify defects during the manufacturing process. The solution can be hosted on NEC’s infrastructure using Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

NEC’s AI for parts traceability solution enables manufacturing companies to identify parts without serial numbers through NEC’s Fingerprint of Things AI pattern recognition capabilities. The capability to trace non-serialized parts can reduce the cost of product recalls, NEC said.

“NEC is pleased to once again demonstrate innovative technology solutions for customers undergoing digital transformation. Applying NEC’s advanced AI capabilities, including image and pattern recognition, to the manufacturing process enables manufacturing companies to optimize their operations and reduce the need for costly product recalls,” said Larry Levenberg, vice president, sales and marketing, NEC Corporation of America. “Microsoft provides the platforms and IoT services for these solutions through on-premises infrastructure, or via the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and hybrid scenarios.”

“NEC’s deep technical capabilities enable innovative solutions for manufacturing customers who understand the value of digital transformation. Customers benefit from the strengths of all three companies as they transform products and optimize operations. In working with GE Digital and Microsoft, NEC demonstrates the value of a rich partner ecosystem to create solutions for customer digital transformation,” said Sam George, director, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft.

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