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We’re constantly using technology as a way to make tasks easier and speed things up, and that’s exactly what the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics intend to do.

Facial recognition technology will be brought in to streamline the entry of athletes, officials and journalists to the relevant venues. This is to prevent the borrowing or swopping of ID cards and to ensure that only the officials are allowed access to certain areas. It is said that around 300,000 to 400,000 ID holders will have their faces checked before entering the grounds.

Digital verification technology means that it will be difficult for anybody using a stolen or forged ID card to enter any of the Olympic venues. Officials are hoping that this will reduce waiting times for visitors entering the games, as the summer period in Japan is always hot and humid.

Although reactions to this news has been varied, this technology is not actually new to the Olympics, as it was originally tested in Rio in 2016, managing the entry of registered media personnel.

But Tokyo aren’t the only ones jumping on the facial recognition technology. It’s also being used daily in:

  • Australia
  • New York
  • Russia
  • China

All of whom are also using the technology for security purposes, either to catch criminals, or to identify those who have done wrong in the past and may be banned from visiting certain locations.

But even in the UK, we’re not strangers to facial recognition. Facebook can now pick out a face in an untagged photo, suggesting friends of who might be featured in there, and your smart phone likely contains a facial recognition system of some sort.

What are your thoughts on facial recognition technology? Will incorporating it in to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 be a step too far? SCS Technology would love to hear your thoughts on Twitter @SCSTechnology.