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Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security

AP  |  Tokyo 

A system will be used across an for the first time as organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games.

The developed by will be customized to monitor every accredited person including athletes, officials, staff and media at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centers, Olympic and company officials said today.

Olympic officials said will be the first Olympic host to introduce the at all venues. The system is expected to effectively eliminate entry with forged IDs, reduce congestion at accredited waiting lines and reduce athletes' stress under hot weather.

Tsuyoshi Iwashita, 2020 of security, said venues that are spread around in and out of Tokyo 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, adding that the system would contribute to less stressful environment for athletes.

Iwashita said a test last year showed that gate checks with the was more than twice the pace of the conventional system using with visual siting by security guards.

The facial images of every accredited person for the and Paralympics will be collected after the approval process and stored in a database to be used to verify identities at accreditation check points.

NEC says its is used at airports and elsewhere in 70 countries, including

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 11:55 IST