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Tokyo 2020: 1st Olympics to deploy facial recognition technology to raise security



Tokyo 2020: 1st Olympics to deploy facial recognition technology to raise security checks: Details, Purpose, Significance

Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues. For this, games organisers have partnered with Japanese telecommunications and information technology giant NEC to develop the first system of this kind to be implemented at an Olympics games.

The facial recognition technology will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 sporting venues.

The facial recognition technology system will not be aimed at spectators but instead will concentrate on strengthening security and decreasing waiting times for athletes. This system will help to prevent fraudulent entry by people borrowing, stealing or faking an ID card.

The facial recognition technology takes only 0.3 seconds to match up to face with pre-registered photo, making it world’s fastest such system.

More than 40 facilities, including the main stadium, International Broadcast Centre, Olympic village and so on, will have this system. More than 300,000 athletes and Games staff will have to submit photographs to the database before Olympics start in July 2020.


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