FacePhi, Corsight, HID Global and NEC NSS open new facilities
FacePhi, Corsight, HID Global and NEC National Security Solutions (NSS) have all cut the ribbons for their newest offices and work facilities as part of their expansion plans or to support employee wellbeing.
FacePhi moves its HQ to the port for employee well-being
With the goal of improving the quality of life of its employees, the Spanish provider of facial biometrics FacePhi relocated its headquarters to the bustling port city of Alicante in the Panoramis Life & Business area.
Although FacePhi is already based in Alicante, it has moved its headquarters from a location within the city to a building within sight of the sunny Mediterranean coast. The company said it made the move as part of a redesign of its work model towards a four-day work week and a commitment to the well-being of its more than 160 employees. FacePhi says it will allow employees to balance their personal and professional lives.
The Panoramis Life & Business is equipped with co-working areas, multi-purpose offices, restaurant areas, gym with sea views, nutritionists and wellness services.
“For FacePhi, Alicante is not only the city where we were born, but also our home and the place where we want to further develop our technology. Now we want to do it in front of the sea, in a unique setting that symbolizes the quality of life that this area offers,” explains Javier Mira, President and CEO of FacePhi. Mira adds that the decision is a sign of her strong commitment to Alicante and “her goal to be a driving force for digital transformation in Spain and Europe”.
Corsight continues to expand into the United States
According to a press release, Corsight will continue to grow in the US due to market demand for its facial recognition.
The company gave no details on where or how it would expand. It is already headquartered in the US and UK, with additional offices in Singapore and Australia, and R&D in Israel.
Commenting on the expansion, Rob Watts, CEO of Corsight, said: “Corsight AI was founded on the principles of developing breakthrough biometric technology without compromising on speed, accuracy or privacy. There is a real need for this type of innovation, especially given mask coverage, darkness, ethnicity, and other challenging conditions. The increasing demand is a direct result of the Corsight team’s commitment to the ethical use of facial recognition as a force for good.”
Corsight made bids for Asia-Pacific expansion in 2021, which includes countries such as Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea and India.
HID Global opens office in Ireland for EMEA business
HID Global opened the doors to its 500-person facility in Galway, Ireland to support its customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The multinational biometrics and digital identity provider says the 7,980 sqm HID Global Center of Excellence will increase the efficiency of its EMEA operations and give it the capacity to triple its current workforce in Galway over the next three to five years. The company currently employs 250 people in Ireland and expects that number to increase to 300 by the end of 2022.
HID has been based in Ireland since 2006 and has progressively expanded its operations in Galway for the EMEA region in manufacturing, R&D, supply chain customer service, IT, finance and human resources. It also provides the technology for biometric passports and electronic ID cards in Ireland.
Hildegarde Naughton, Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department for Transport, said at the launch event which she attended: “I am delighted at the strong commitment from this established company to developing its operations here in Ireland. Opening a center of excellence as we emerge from a difficult period is a great achievement and signals a bright future for businesses here in the west and across the country.”
“Galway has been an excellent foundation for us to build on and HID’s continued investment to underpin our capabilities and growth plan can be seen as a tremendous boost in confidence in the region and the people behind its success,” said Trevor Fox, Vice President and Site Manager at HID Ireland.
NEC NSS opens facility in Virginia to support US defense industry
NEC NSS, a US subsidiary of the Japanese biometrics electronics giant NECannounced the opening of an office in Arlington, Virginia to better accommodate its defense and national security government business.
Introduced in 2020, NEC NSS provides identity and biometric technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning for US federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Justice and the US Intelligence Community with hardware and software in support of national security, intelligence, homeland defense, immigration, and law enforcement.
Because it is owned by a Japanese company, NEC NSS is subject to a special security agreement with the Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) mitigation clearance to operate in the United States
“We wanted the NEC NSS offices to reflect the important technology and expertise we provide to our clients and customers,” said Mark Ikeno, CEO and President of NEC Corporation of America. “This location positions us exactly where we need to be to best serve our government customers.”
“In this rapidly changing world, security technology must be in place before it’s needed,” comments NEC NSS President Dr. Kathleen Kiernan. “Threats don’t wait until you’re ready. They happen fast and we work with our clients to find solutions to help them proactively protect their assets from a wide range of potential threats.”
Kiernan was appointed to lead the NEC NSS team last year.
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