Tokyo 2020 organisers confirm face recognition plans
08 August 2018 10:27 GMT

The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have confirmed that the event will use face recognition technology developed by NEC for security.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee said in an announcement that athletes, media, staff, and volunteers will have their identities verified via a face scan to enter venues.

More than 300,000 athletes and Games staff will have to submit photographs to a database before the Olympics start in July 2020.

NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace, which is part of the company’s overarching Bio-IDiom line of biometric authentication technology. 

Tsuyoshi Iwashita, Tokyo 2020 executive director of security, told the Associated Pres that venues which are spread within and outside of the capital would be a big burden in achieving high levels of security.

“By introducing the face recognition system, we hope to achieve high levels of safety, efficiency and smooth operation at security check points before entry,” he said.