November 23, 2018

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics team up with biometrics

by Helena Termenón in Xesol Biometrics

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, a facial recognition system will be responsible for ensuring the safety of attendees. It will be at the 2020 Games, which will be held in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

The technology will monitor every accredited person including athletes, officials, staff and press. It will be implemented in more than 40 facilities, the Olympic Villages and press centers.

 The biometric identification system is expected to block false identifications. To do this, athletes must send their photographs to be stored in a confidential database. The organization assures that the system can be paired with the existing entrance and exit monitoring methods which makes the implementation of biometrics possible without having to completely replace existing systems.

 And if biometrics weren’t enough, Japan also wants its Olympic Games to be those of the autonomous car. The project is supported by the Japanese Government itself and the objective is to create the most detailed map possible to date in which autonomous cars can circulate safely. Robotic vehicles are already a reality in this country, but the addition of autonomous cars will receive maximum visibility during the celebration of the Olympics.