Ahead of Olympics, NEC Biometrics Tech to Get Test Run On Rugby Reporters

Ahead of Olympics, NEC Biometrics Tech to Get Test Run On Rugby ReportersAhead of a huge deployment expected for the 2020 Olympics, NEC is going to have a high-profile test run of its facial recognition technology at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The company’s technology will be used for access control at the Tokyo Stadium and at International Stadium Yokohama. It will be applied specifically to journalists, who will be required to register their faces; facial recognition technology will then be used to match visiting journalists to ID cards issued for members of the press.

As The Japan Times reports, reporters from around the world are expected to attend the sporting event. It will therefore be a significant deployment for NEC; but it’s also clearly an opportunity to test the kind of biometric access control technology that NEC has been contracted to provide for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, where its NeoFace system will be used to identify staff, volunteers, and athletes for venue access.

NEC also saw an opportunity to prove its technology at the end of this summer, when its NeoFace solution was used for security surveillance at the 18th Asian Games, an Olympics-like sporting event held this year in Indonesia. The technology was deployed as part of an assistance package from the Japanese government.

Source: The Japan Times

November 5, 2018 – by Alex Perala