Tokyo Olympics Will Use Face Recognition to Enhance Security

//Tokyo Olympics Will Use Face Recognition to Enhance Security

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has everything to be a significant technological event. If we already had an appetizer of this during the presentation of the city as the next venue of the games during the closing of Rio 2016, little by little, more information comes to confirm this idea. The latest comes from the Japan Times website, which talks about the use of facial recognition technology during the event.

Citing an anonymous source, the publication says that the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will scan the face of everyone who is working on the games. This includes not only the event organization team but also athletes and media professionals. The expectation is that between 300 thousand and 400 thousand registrations will be made.

The new method intends to avoid security problems involving the theft of identification cards of persons authorized to attend spaces not accessible to the general public. Precisely because of this, spectators would not be submitted to the facial recognition system, and it will suffice to present the tickets to gain access to gyms and stadiums.

All registrants will have their faces checked by cameras whenever they enter a restricted environment. Because the system will have the faces registered in your database, any discrepancies should alert security guards to prevent unauthorized access.

The method will be applied both during the Olympic Games, scheduled to occur between July 24 and August 9, as well as during the Paralympic Games, which take place between August 25 and September 6.

By |2017-12-28T16:28:33+00:00December 28th, 2017|Technology|2 Comments


  1. Estephanía Sandoval December 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    This is a sample of breakthrough technology and how digital technology is building a smart city, free of different kinds of threacks. The Olympic Committee will issue between 300,000 and 400,000 physical identifications, including photographs, for accredited persons. The Japanese company NEC will be responsible for applying its NeoFace technology at the event in the Asian capital. It is the same one used at the Haneda airport in Tokyo, since October of this year, and the company said on its website that it works even when the person wears a hat, glasses or has aged with respect to photography. When applying facial recognition, the organization also aims to reduce waiting times for revenue and avoid queues, Europa Press reported. This is such an amazing article!

  2. Daniel Ogeto O. December 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Indeed it will be a technological Olympics if all goes well. Digital Technology has made huge leaps this year and with every new day, many of the innovative startups will wow you with a new application of a technological tool perceived to be irrelevant to a given field like sports. Facial recognition is becoming more and more prevalent and the Olympics are just the latest arena to use them for security purposes. While the jury is still out on the extent to which facial recognition technology will be used globally years from now, many technology firms are continuing to push ahead with its development, with big players like Apple going so far as to incorporate it into its flagship iPhone X handset. But while advances in the platform have resulted in growing interest from companies and organizations around the world, it has not all been smooth sailing for facial recognition technology. Privacy advocates, for example, are worried that it could lead to increased public surveillance and the potential erosion of civil liberties. However, even with this mixed feelings about facial recognition technology, estimates have suggested the market for facial recognition could grow to $6.84 billion by 2021, led by surveillance and government uses. Already, it is commonly used for tasks such as authorizing financial payments to identifying rideshare drivers to simply unlocking your phone.

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