Tokyo 2020 to be first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security
NEC said they tested the technology during the Rio 2016 Olympics and that the technology has already been implemented in various locations, including airports.
The technology, which was demonstrated to the media at an event in the Japanese capital, will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 venues.
More than 300,000 athletes and Games staff will have to submit photographs to a database before the Olympics start in July 2020.
"Tokyo’s venues don’t always have enough space for the security check or even space to wait for the security check. When the events are happening, we expect many people to come and the weather will be very hot. This is why we introduced this facial recognition."
"Athletes, Games staff, volunteers and the media will have this recognition."
During the demonstration to media, the technology correctly identified a string of people, including those in wheelchairs and of varying heights, which is a key feature of NEC’s system.
Suanuma said: "99.7 percent of the time, the face is recognized by the system correctly.
"This number will not change according to nationality or if big or small."
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