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Vietnam adopts NEC's biometric ID system, registering 50m

Japan electronics group taps experience in emerging nations to take system global

All Vietnamese citizens 14 and older are required to hold national ID cards, which are now linked to biometric data.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- NEC is expanding its biometric authentication business by helping Vietnam modernize ID cards used by all citizens 14 and older, an effort that has registered face and fingerprint data on more than 50 million people.

The Japanese electronics group intends to grow its biometric business globally by building upon experience in emerging countries, developing technologies and establishing rules that protect privacy and prevent counterfeiting.

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