French security and identity solutions company IDEMIA has announced that it has opened its new Japanese head office in Tokyo’s Shibuya District, featuring a new experience center that will showcase some of the company’s tech offerings.
Aside from being home to IDEMIA’s five business units in the country — Financial Institutions, Mobile Operators, Biometric Devices, and Automotive, Digital and Public Security and Identity — the new office will also house an IDEMIA experience center that will show off some of the company’s technology behind its business and government solutions.
The experience center will allow the public to get a firsthand look at some of IDEMIA’s solutions, such as its contactless biometric readers, facial recognition technology, digital payment solutions, smart banking cards and even a 5G demonstration.
“We are excited about opening our new office here in Shibuya, Tokyo,” said Nobuyoshi Nezu, Japan Representative Director and Vice President Sales for IDEMIA. “As the global leader in augmented identity, we will strive to upgrade our customer and supplier systems and capabilities so as to bring about safer, more secure and user-friendly communities for everyone.”
The office itself will be equipped with IDEMIA’s MorphoWave Compact touchless fingerprint reader for biometric access control and identity checks for the company’s employees. The MorphoWave eliminates the need for employees to carry keys or ID cards, allowing them to authenticate their identity by waving their hand over a biometric scanner which identifies them and permits (or denies) access.
In a press release issued by the company announcing the move to the larger office space, it also stated it will be looking to take on more staff by the year 2023.
“This move reaffirms IDEMIA’s ongoing commitment to Japan and reflects the company’s sharp revenue growth expectations in Japan,” the release reads, while going on to say the move also reflects the strength of customer and supplier relations that have been nurtured by IDEMIA over recent years.
“The larger space will give us the wherewithal to double our headcount and foster deeper collaboration and teamwork between staff, customers and suppliers,” said Nezu, adding, “We will continue to invest in our people and retain talent while looking for new hires over the next three years.”
IDEMIA is in the midst of a period of major corporate reorganization, and the announcement of the new Tokyo office comes just days after the company appointed a new CEO.