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AI Case Study

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will implement facial recognition to allow access to venues for athletes, media and other personnel

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be implementing facial recognition for athletes, media and other personnel to access venues. The system will compare faces with a pre-populated database.


Consumer Goods And Services

Entertainment And Sports

Project Overview

According to the Tokyo 2020 website: "NEC Corporation, a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, will provide the face recognition system. The facial images of every accredited person will be collected beforehand and stored in a database; these will be used to verify identities at accreditation check points. Face recognition technology will drastically increase security levels at the Tokyo 2020 Games, precluding spoofing, forgery and the use of lost or stolen accreditations. It will improve overall comfort and convenience, with verification being processed automatically and instantaneously, helping to ensure a safe and secure Games."

Reported Results

Planned; results not yet available






From The Verge: "Tokyo 2020 presents new security challenges that will require speedy identification. Unlike many previous games, Tokyo 2020 won’t have a single Olympic park where people can move freely between several venues and facilities; instead, events will be spread out across the metropolitan area, and people will need to authenticate themselves at each. NEC and the organizers’ goal is for the facial recognition system to speed this process up as much as possible. The dangers associated with long wait times in oppressive summer heat are also a concern. The games get underway on July 24th, 2020, and if temperatures match what Japan has experienced in the past couple of weeks, it’ll be the hottest Olympics in more than a century."



Photos of athletes, media and other personnel stored in databases.

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