Japan Customs Orders NEC Face Scanning Tech for Narita Airport

“News of the project comes on the heels of NEC’s announcement that its facial recognition technology will be used to identify reporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan.”

Japan Customs Orders NEC Face Scanning Tech for Narita AirportJapanese government authorities are deepening their involvement with NEC, opting to deploy the company’s facial recognition technology in biometric eGates at Narita International Airport.

Biometric eGates first went into operation at Japan’s busiest international airport in late spring, with Panasonic having provided technology designed to scan citizens’ faces and compare them against their passports. But in a statement announcing its own order from Japan Customs, NEC asserted that its deployment “will be the first time that facial recognition technology is used for customs procedures at an airport in Japan.” The company explained that its technology “will be installed at the customs inspection area where passengers proceed to after being admitted through immigration,” with travelers’ identities verified at both a kiosk terminal and an exit gate.

NEC said that trials of its biometric screening technology will begin at Narita International Airport in April of next year.

News of the project comes on the heels of NEC’s announcement that its facial recognition technology will be used to identify reporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan. And it comes ahead of a much bigger deployment planned for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with organizers having selected NEC to provide facial recognition technology for venue access control with respect to athletes, staff, and volunteers, suggesting that NEC is solidifying its position as a facial recognition technology provider of choice for Japanese authorities.

November 7, 2018 – by Alex Perala