Japanese firms develop contactless technologies to tackle pandemic

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Japanese firms develop contactless technologies to tackle pandemic

Contactless technologies have come into the spotlight amid the spread of the new coronavirus as people have become more conscious of the risks of infection from touching doorknobs and buttons.

While wearing face masks has become commonplace, Glory Ltd., a money-changer manufacturer, has developed an advanced facial recognition technology that is capable of distinguishing a face even when covered by a mask.

Glory, based in Hyogo Prefecture, said it envisions using the new technology for walk-through entry control at offices, for example.

The technology detects the shape of each person’s eyes, forehead and nose — the area that is not usually covered by a mask — with the support of artificial intelligence and then confirms their identity, it said.

The company said it will put the new product on sale in June at a suggested retail price of ¥2.2 million ($20,600).

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Tue, 05/05/2020 - 00:00