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Face Recognition to be Pioneered at Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that a face recognition system will be used to verify the identity of athletes, officials, other staff members and media representatives at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. This will be the first time such technology is used at an Olympic and Paralympic Games, reflecting Tokyo 2020's commitment to deliver the most innovative Games in history.

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.

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