Japanese Vendors Working to Deploy High-Tech Security Measures at 2020 Olympics

Panasonic, Mitsubishi and others are working to deploy advanced ID authentication, wireless video surveillance, bomb detection, facial recognition and other security measures ahead of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

TOKYO – Several leading manufacturers in Japan are gearing up to provide security for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The companies are applying their advanced sensor and information technologies to the development of security and anticrime devices as demand for both has increased recently following a series of terrorist incidents, according to digital.asiaone.com.

Panasonic Corp. has unveiled an entrance gate system with enhanced security functions for the athletes’ village. The gate opens after authenticating entrants by comparing data in their ID cards when held over a reader with head shots registered beforehand. This function will prevent unauthorized people from entering the village even if they steal ID cards, the company said.

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Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has developed a security camera that can send recorded footage wirelessly to tablet computers and other devices in remote places. The security camera, equipped with a transmitter and a battery, can be moved to temporary venues used only for the Olympics, such as the marathon course, the company said.

After terrorists attacked a newspaper office in Paris in January and serial shootings occurred in Denmark in mid-February, electric appliance makers have applied their advanced technologies to security controls at airports to prevent terrorists from entering Japan. For example, Hitachi has developed a sophisticated bomb detector that can find explosives hidden in hand luggage.

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Tiny particles of explosives tend to stick to the surfaces of bags or other luggage used by terrorists to carry bombs. By blowing air on bags and suitcases on the conveyor belt, Hitachi’s detector sucks in tiny particles from the air and analyzes them with a highly sensitive device to determine their constituents in seconds.

Also, NEC Corp. is trying to market its advanced facial recognition system to immigration counters at airports. The system can authenticate travelers by comparing photographs of them taken at immigration counters with those stored in microchips built into their passports.

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