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Japan selects Panasonic facial recognition tech for border security


Panasonic’s facial recognition gate has been chosen by Japan’s Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to streamline immigration procedures at a major Japanese airport.

Three Panasonic facial recognition gates have been operating at Tokyo International Airport’s immigration control Since October 18, 2017 to assist the immigration examination of Japanese travelers returning home. The system compares photographic data of the traveler’s face in the IC chip embedded in the person’s passport with a photo taken at the facial recognition gate to verify identity.

Panasonic’s facial recognition gate is based on the concept of a simple, secure, and safe solution where both first-timers and the elderly can pass through the gate without delay, frustration, or confusion. This system will be available only in Japan for the time being.

The gate features intuitive usability for first-timers and the elderly thanks to the ergonomic design and sophisticated technology the company has developed for passport readers; high performance of the facial recognition engine with advanced technology that can deal with appearance-altering variations such as aging, makeup, facial expression, and image quality; and spatial design and overall service design that enable the optimum arrangement in a limited space based on field trials.

According to a company statement, Panasonic will continue to help authorities implement smooth and strict immigration control procedures at airports and seaports throughout Japan as the country aims to establish itself as a tourism nation toward 2020 and beyond.

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