The Tokyo 2020 is going to be the first Olympics that will use facial recognition technology. This will be in context to increase in security during the event in all venues. In order to set up this technology, games organizers have partnered with Japanese Telecom and information technology giant NEC for developing the first system of this kind that will be implemented in the Olympics games.
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Let’s understand some key facts-
It will be a facial recognition technology that will use an IC chips within the ID cards that will automatically verify and identify those who will be entering the forty sporting venues, as the system will not be aimed at the spectators but will actually concentrate on strengthening the security prospect that would help in decreasing the waiting time for athletes.
With this system in place, it will help in preventing fraudulent entry, like people who borrow, steal or fake IDs. This tech will only use 0.3 seconds to match up the face with pre-registered photos, which will make it the world’s fastest system. There will be more than 40 facilities, which will include the main stadium, Olympic village and the International Broadcast Centre that will have this system and before the Olympics start in July 2020, all 300,000 athletes and Games staff will have to submit their photographs to the database.
There is a huge security requirement involved in Olympics as people enter important areas and Tokyo Olympics venue does not have enough space for security or even space for security check. As and when the event happens there are many people are expected to be there, which is why there will be an introduction to the facial recognition technology. During the Rio 2016 Olympics, NEC had already tested and implemented various locations that include airports as well. During the demonstration that was conducted, the technology correctly had identified the strings of individuals that also included people in wheelchairs of different height.
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