On 27–28 September, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) conducted a two-day demonstration experiment of an identification screening system.
To ensure safe and smooth Games operations, a facial recognition system was trailed and tested for a two-day period and used during baggage security checks at the Pedestrian Screening Areas (PSA), Vehicle Screening Areas (VSA) and other Accreditation checkpoints (APC) for Games-accredited personnel. Over the two-day period some 1,000 people were screened by the system.
On the first day, various tests were conducted based on a range of potential scenarios that could arise at PSAs, VSAs and other ACPs to ensure reliable and smooth screening operations. The installation of a facial recognition system at all Tokyo 2020 Games venues will constitute a first in the history of the Games, and staff were able to confirm that the system enabled the accurate and smooth identification of all accredited personnel passing through the system.
The second day was open to members of the media, and a joint practice session was held in conjunction with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The joint practice consisted of responding to suspicious persons and objects during various hypothetical scenarios and guiding spectators to emergency exits. The tests demonstrated that Tokyo 2020 was able to work closely with security agencies, and that responses to hypothetical emergency situations were effective.
After the completion of the tests, executive director of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee's Security Bureau Tsuyoshi Iwashita said, “To ensure safe and smooth entry to Games venues for everyone, we will continue to examine various initiatives to further optimise the screening system and work towards the implementation of a flawless security system for the Tokyo 2020 Games.”
Tokyo 2020 will analyse the results of the testing conducted over the two-day period, and aims to reassure all spectators, Games-related personnel and local communities in the vicinity of Games venues.