Facial recognition system for Tokyo 2020 unveiled

Baku, September 13, AZERTAC

US and Japanese technology companies have jointly unveiled a facial recognition system that will be used for security checks at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, according to NHK WORLD-JAPAN.

US chip-making giant Intel and Japanese electronics maker NEC on Wednesday presented the Neo Face recognition equipment, which is about 1.5 meters high and 30 centimeters wide.

The system will be used for entry to competition venues for athletes, media, staff and volunteers and at accommodation facilities for athletes.

It scans ID cards issued by the Games organizers and then immediately identifies over 300,000 accredited people by comparing their pre-registered data and the image taken at the gates.

The companies say it is the first time that facial recognition technology of this kind has been used, in place of security guards, at the Olympics and Paralympics.

They say the system will ensure a more reliable identification process and will reduce long wait times for ID checks.

Intel also unveiled a virtual reality technology that allows people to enjoy watching games and matches in high-definition images.

Intel Japan President Kunimasa Suzuki says he wants to make the Tokyo 2020 Games the most innovative event ever. He says the company will work even harder on technology development to help fulfill that purpose.

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