Japanese facial recognition system tightens concert security

A new facial recognition system could enhance security and ID checks at gigs and concerts according to its Japanese developers.

MAKUHARI (REUTERS) - Demonstrating the facial recognition system from Tapirs co. 

Its developers say it could help strengthen security at concerts and live events.

"The facial recognition system identifies a person by checking two facial photos, one you registered in advance when purchasing a ticket and the other to be filmed when you enter a concert," said Takaaki Tomisawa, executive managing director of Tapirs co. 

The system has been used in Japan since 2014 - and can cope with large scale events catering for more than 100,000 people recognising the ticket holder as they enter and allocating a seat Speeding up the ID check process by as much as 30 per cent - according to the company.

"By controlling all information, who came in and went out when, we can ensure what kind of people are gathering at a concert or event venue and whether there is any suspicious person or not," said Tomisawa. 

Tomisawa said the system can also help prevent concerts tickets from being resold at inflated prices.