First time ever locating ACP in every venues at the Games-Testing of a screening system for safe and secure Games

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.

Handing a mobile phone contained in a see-through bag to a security official at a security checkpoint
A person posing as a spectator takes possession of a bag after a baggage security check
A security official at a security checkpoint checks an item by X-ray

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.

Scanning an accreditation pass and undergoing the facial recognition process at an ACP
A monitor indicates to a security official that the person being scanned has been recognised
A monitor indicates to a security official that the person being scanned has not been recognised

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.

A hypothetical scenario whereby a suspicious person attempts to bring a sharp-edged implement into a venue
A suspicious person is pinned down and immobilised by a security dog and a security official
A suspicious person being led away by security personnel

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.

Tsuyoshi Iwashita, Tokyo 2020 executive director of security addresses staff from Tokyo 2020 and security agencies (1/2)
Tsuyoshi Iwashita, Tokyo 2020 executive director of security addresses staff from Tokyo 2020 and security agencies (2/2)

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