On October 23, Beijing time, a Japanese government source said that Japan plans to use facial recognition technology originally used for security purposes when it hosts the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The original purpose of this technology is to ensure the safe identification of people and media participating in the Olympics, and to find suspicious people. As the new crown virus countermeasures have become a top priority for the government to successfully host the Olympics, the Japanese government immediately upgraded its safety plans. After all, due to the epidemic, the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed for a year.
According to sources, one of the plans is to deploy surveillance cameras equipped with this technology in stadiums and venues to record the temperature of the audience's face and body surface and check whether they wear masks.
The recorded data is expected to help identify possible new coronavirus carriers, track their routes, and notify those in close contact, thereby helping to prevent cluster infections in case an individual is found to be infected during the game.
According to sources, the government is also considering installing cameras at the entrances of athletes’ villages and training camps to record the date and time the athletes enter and exit.
In this way, the Japanese authorities can check whether athletes and tourists from high-risk areas comply with government requirements and temporarily restrict their movements to prevent the spread of the virus.
To protect privacy, the body temperature and movement data of spectators during the game will be deleted after the game. These measures are expected to be included in the Japanese government's response to the new coronavirus response committee and discussed in the mid-term report at the end of the year.