The Olympic Games of biometric data

The Tokyo Games have become the most expensive Summer Games in history and the organizers have turned to biometric data for the ultimate fan experience.

Olympic innovation

With Covid-19 cases rising, many athletes competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic – and Paralympic Games won’t enjoy the cheering support of their home fans and loved ones in the stadiums. However, the Games promise to be one of the most innovative events even without the fan-filled venues, with a position on the podium for biometric data.

The Olympics have long been known for innovation in sports and media production. A potential audience of over 5 billion fans around the world will be able to experience the thrill of the many different sports on tv and via digital platforms.

Sports stadiums are a prime site for the deployment and development of biometric technology. For the first time ever, international media outlets will reveal the inner workings of athletes by displaying their biometric data during the biggest performance of their career.

When stress gets the better of the Olympic archers, it will be captured in more detail than ever before. Four cameras placed at approximately 12 metres will focus on the athlete’s face and analyze every slight change of skin color generated by the contraction of blood vessels from the captured video.

As they shoot their arrow, audiences at home will be able to witness the heartbeat and adrenaline rushes going through the archer’s body via on-screen graphics. Contactless vital sensing technology provides live heart rate monitoring.

  • Tokyo 2020

    The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be held from July 23 to August 8 and feature 33 sports.

  • New disciplines

    Sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate have been added to the line-up. Baseball and softball are making a comeback.

  • Empty seats

    Events in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama will be held behind closed doors. Venues in other parts of Japan including Fukushima, Miyagi and Shizuoka prefectures will continue to allow spectators.

A safe and secure event

Athletes, staff, media and volunteers all live in dedicated bubbles to help secure the health and safety measures of the Games. Our partner NEC is responsible for hundreds of terminals using facial recognition at Tokyo 2020. The use of face biometrics to authenticate everyone accredited cuts waiting times and increases the flow at the gate as many venues don’t have the capacity for a large screening area.
Strict Covid-19 measures should prevent Tokyo 2020 of becoming a superspreader event. In addition to tests taken before departure and upon arrival in Japan, everyone at the venues will have their temperature checked before entering.
We wish everyone at NEC, athletes and officials a safe and successful Olympic Games!