Towards Olympic Games – Smart City Applications in Tokyo 

Towards Olympic Games – Smart City Applications in Tokyo 

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In preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games slated for this summer in Japan, demand for drones and security robots has grown. The many spectators from both home and abroad will be unknowingly protected by an upgraded security system, from drones to security cameras. These efforts are also part of the move to make Tokyo a leading smart city.

Secom, a major security company, tested its security service in December using a drone. The drone, measuring about 60 centimeters square, relentlessly pursued a “fugitive” — illuminating him with a searchlight and recording his actions with a camera. The next-generation machine, which is scheduled to be put into practical use in fiscal 2021, will use artificial intelligence and preregistered information to identify people and cars, according to

Counter-drone measures are also required. The same company is offering a system that will detect drone intrusions using radar and microphones to continue bolstering current security levels.

Security cameras installed in the lighting of trains is becoming widespread in Tokyo as an added security measure. It takes only 15 seconds to attach the lights, which function as a security camera and a data transmission device, to the ceiling of each car. The light sends the recorded images to operation centers located elsewhere.

Tokyu Railways, one of the railway operators in the Tokyo metropolitan area, will install the new fluorescent lights, called IoTube, in all of its 1,257 cars before the Tokyo Olympic Games start. The light can be installed without removing the wall or ceiling panels, and the most attractive point of the light is the low cost, the company said.

The company is expecting the new technology to not only be effective in the prevention of crimes such as pickpocketing and luggage theft but also in the real-time gathering of information on violence and other passenger incidents.

An advanced AI facial recognition system will be in place to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media and other staff, making it easier to move between venues, as reported by

Interested in learning more about smart city technologies? Attend i-HLS’s InnoTech Expo in Tel Aviv – Israel’s largest innovation, HLS, and cyber technologies expo – on November 18-19, 2020 at Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2.

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