NEC is a company that most Australians have come into contact with at some point in their lives. This isn’t surprising, with the Japanese electronics and information technology giant at the forefront of the group of companies who brought Australian consumers cheaper, more reliable, and innovative technology over the last few decades from televisions to home stereos and computers.
What is less known, however, is that the brand is a leader in small business services and equipment provision, and is regularly recognised with awards and commendations from this sector. These achievements are even more impressive in the context of the 115-year history of the company, and are testament to their motto: “Empowered by Innovation”.
Award Winning Innovation
Some of the company’s innovations were recognised at the recent 2014 iState awards, which honour excellence in innovation and information and communications technology.
The headline-grabbing award from that night was a mobile fingerprint scanning application. Developed in conjunction with the South Australian Police Department, this mobile enabled application allows real time authentication of fingerprints from crime scenes. Persons of interest can have their details entered in to the application, and have those prints effectively and accurately cross-matched against the relevant databases. This returns results and background information that is incredibly valuable for front line police officers.
A Positive Community Influence
The other award that NEC Australia garnered at the iState awards was a commendation for it’s ongoing support for the Information Technology Apprenticeship Hub program. The goals of the program are to develop a employee base which is skilled and able to meet the recruiting needs and future demands of the local IT industry.
In an area which will be of critical importance to the Australian economy of the future, investments like this are crucial, as they encourage students and companies to invest in their skills and people.
At a more local level, it provides employment pathways for members of the community, while also allowing the students to utilise the vast technical expertise, guidance and skills that NEC can provide.
While it may be tempting to think of NEC as an overseas company, awards and programs such as those mentioned above are just a brief snapshot of the full range of investments and community engagement that NEC has in Australia.
This level of local engagement is more impressive when measured in light of the international recognition achieved by the company, which includes being the largest vendor in the global PBX extensions and licences market, placing it ahead of industry titans such as Avaya and Cisco.
At Tele2 we are a proud partner and distributor of high quality and innovative NEC products that help grow Australian businesses. If you’d like more information on how we can help make doing business easier using some of our customised technology solutions, give us a call on 07 5478 2000 or contact us by email by clicking here.
Some interesting trivia for you……… below is the NEC Super Tower, headquarters of NEC Corporation in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It stands 180 meters tall (590 feet). It was completed in 1990 for commercial office space. 43 stories high, 5 underground, and cost 60 billion yen.