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Facial recognition technology used at Tokyo Marathon

Facial recognition technology used at Tokyo Marathon

In preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, law enforcement were trying out security measures developed by the private sector, including drones and a facial recognition system, at this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

According to a report by The Japan News, police trialed a facial recognition system to verify the identity of some of the 37,000 runners who were participating in the race.

In addition, 90 police officers ran the marathon in pairs and took photos with small head cameras. Police also used an unmanned airship and drones to monitor the finishing line and photograph the crowds gathered as runners completed the course.

Images taken were immediately relayed to law enforcement for security surveillance purposes allowing police in the area to investigate immediately if a suspicious person was spotted on the screen.

Law enforcement also tested a crowd behavior analysis system and a system that can detect unattended objects.

“Technology is rapidly progressing,” said Takeshi Hayakawa, director of the first security division at the MPD’s Security Bureau. “It’s necessary to increase our skills by combining the police force with advanced technology to prevent terrorism at the Tokyo Olympics. We’d like to consider further how we can utilize the technology of the private sector.”

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