- Tokyo 2020 takes additional heat-reducing steps
- Can be first Olympics to make use of facial recognition
Round 300,000 accredited people, together with athletes, officers, workers and press, are anticipated to attend the video games between July and August 2020. All can have their facial pictures saved in a database and matched upon entry.
The software program, supplied by NEC Company, will allow “swift entry to venues, which will probably be obligatory within the intense warmth of summer time,” mentioned Tokyo 2020 safety chief Tsuyoshi Iwashita.
“This newest know-how will allow strict identification of accredited individuals in contrast with relying solely on the eyes of safety workers,” he famous, including that the measures would detect spoofing, forgery, and using misplaced or stolen credentials.
Temperatures have been nearly 11 levels hotter than the common at the moment of yr — the mercury rising to over 41 levels (105.8F), he highest ever on report in Japan — within the metropolis of Kumagaya, a brief drive from the capital.
The warmth has led to canceling of enormous occasions such because the Hanagasa Junko parade, the second largest occasion of the Gion Matsuri competition.
The heatwave prompted the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) to stipulate the “detailed warmth countermeasures” it is planning with a view to shield athletes, followers and staff in Tokyo.
“You will notice step one has already been mirrored within the competitors schedule, with particular occasions held at sure instances to make sure the well-being of athletes,” mentioned an IOC spokeperson in an announcement despatched to CNN.
Steps are being taken to cut back the dangers, with timber planted across the course to supply shade and “mist-spraying applied sciences” applied to chill spectators.
“In current days Tokyo and Japan has been like residing in a sauna day by day,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike mentioned on Monday.