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Tokyo 2020 Olympics will use face recognition to manage guests

Facial recognition will be used to “streamline the entry of athletes, officials and journalists” to the Games venues.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics will use face recognition to manage guests

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics is planning to utilize facial recognition as a security measure at the Games.

According to a report by JapanTimes, the technology will be used to streamline the entry of athletes, officials and journalists to the Games venues.

Security measure

Amid concerns about terrorism, the measure is intended to prevent those involved in the Games from lending or borrowing ID cards.

The organizing committee will distribute ID cards bearing facial photos for the 300,000 to 400,000 people expected to be involved in the Games.

According to the report, face recognition will be applied at the entrance of the Games venues.

The technology won’t be used for spectators, who will still be asked to show their tickets as in previous Games.

Sources close to the matter claim that facial recognition for the Olympics and Paralympics will be developed by NEC Corp., known for having one of the world’s most accurate systems.

The technology was previously tested at the Japan House information center during the 2016 Rio Games.

However, some delays frustrated individuals involved at the event.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 2020. While the Paralympics are programmed from August 25 to September 6.


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