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NEC hits a quarter century of local operation

NEC is urging increased collaboration among IT firms, telcos and Web 2.0 players to provide new converged network services.

Carrier and provider general manager Leonard Dench told an audience in Wellington at the celebration of its 25th year of incorporation here, that NEC wants to offer choice and useful technology.

In an environment where next-generation architecture and converged networks allow connectivity and convergence, collaboration will be central to providing NEC’s future services and products, he says.

“Approaches have been proprietary and closed. To enable real convergence, there needs to be service oriented architectures that are easy for everyone to use.

“There’s a lot of new players that need to be embraced and collaborated with, to expand the feature set and give choice in New Zealand. The next-generation network needs to be opened up so that it will grow the whole business.”

Such collaborative services enabled by new architectures are NEC’s NexVoice IP telephony, Click 2B Called SIP-based services over the internet, the Virtual PC centre based on its thin client technology, web meetings and conference sharing, multimedia and mobile services.

NEC has three wholly owned subsidiaries in New Zealand – NEC New Zealand (specialising in telecommunications, biometrics and security, broadcasting and visual display technology), NEC Computers and NEC Business Solutions (offering PABX and enterprise-level IP services).

‘Things that work for Kiwis’ is NEC’s new catchphrase when assessing technology the company may bring in from its Japanese head office and around the world.

NEC is working on applications of the next-generation network in various areas – including videoconferencing, medicine, home electronics and security, IP communications, digital TV over the network and video-on-demand.

NEC’s prototype robotic personal assistant, Parero, was a popular feature of the technology showcase held at the Wellington event.

Although not released here, and only speaking Japanese, Parero remembers faces, a person’s position in a room, ‘communicates’ via voice recognition, has four touch sensors, and has a built-in mobile phone so the owner can call in and give commands. It can respond using its microphone and speakers.