At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hundreds of terminals will be provided by Intel and NEC. This scans the faces of athletes, sponsors, volunteers and other accredited attendees at the next summer Olympics. No matter what either you are an athlete, sponsor, journalist, or volunteer at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, you will be using a facial recognition system provided by the Japanese electronics giant NEC and chipmaker Intel.
Facial Recognition System by Intel and NEC
The General Manager of Intel’s Olympics Programs said that they are joining hands with NEC to provide large-scale face recognition systems, especially for the Olympics. In addition to this, he also said that the system designed will enable the Olympics organizers to have a smooth and secure verification for the over 300,000 accredited people at the games. People utilizing this will get register with photos from government-issued IDs.
It is important to note that facial recognition has developed a lot due to the arrival of the sophisticated pattern-matching abilities of modern artificial intelligence technology termed as neural networks. Note that the majority of the people are alarmed regarding the pervasive computer surveillance that will be leading to cities like Somerville, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Oakland, and California that stopped the police to use this technology.
For your information, NEC will install hundreds of facial recognition systems all around the Olympics facilities. This move will speed up ID checks for accredited people. This will be the first time that the Olympics will be using facial recognition technology.
According to the 2020 Olympics organizers, facial recognition is fast twice as regular ID checks. This meaning there will be fewer waits in line and it will also improve the security by preventing spoofing and unauthorized access into important areas in the venue.”
Note that the accredited personnel at the Olympics will be wearing traditional ID lanyards. But the facial recognition system will be required. According to NEC, if someone loses their lanyard or tries to get access to the stolen card, the facial recognition system will block them. In addition to this, facial recognition will improve the security, efficiency, and will be able to confirm a picture ID against the face of a person who is entering a facility with improved speed and accuracy as compared to the human staff.
Furthermore, Intel will be also be involved in other Olympic-related practices that are listed below:
1- It is helping in developing a technology called 3DAT (3D Athlete Tracking) that broadcasters will use to boost instant-replay videos along with the data about player movements. In this, an AI system will be processing the video data frequently for generating the overlay graphics.
2- Intel is also trying to run a global esports gaming competition side by side with the Olympics in Tokyo. In this, the players from an initial group of twenty countries will compete for the videogame event and this will also participate in gaming companies like Capcom and Epic Games.
3- The company is also building virtual reality training realms that can be used by the athletes and organizers to visualize other facilities and arenas.