Locktronix Face Recognition
Locktronix face recognition technology
in the Beijing Olympic Games
Finally, the long awaited Beijing Olympic Games 2008
begun.During the opening ceremony tens of thousands of people move in a very
orderly fashion through more than 100 audience gateways designed by Locktronix's
rapid face recognition system.? After unremitting efforts, scientists and
researchers from Locktronix and the Center for Biometrics and Security
Research, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences realized their
dream of creating a safe environment for the Olympic Games with their innovative
technology. China owns independently the intellectual property rights of this
face recognition system which has withstood the most rigorous test and scrutiny
prior to the Olympic Games opening ceremony. It also set a precedent for the
usage of face recognition technology in the Olympic Games.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics is a big event for China and the
world. It is the largest scale Olympics, with the highest standards in the
history of the Olympic Games. However, with the international security situation
tightened in recent years, and targeted towards increasing terrorist dangers,
the 2008 Beijing Olympics Security faced many new challenges. Therefore,
efficient, rapid and accurate person identification, early detection of
suspicious individuals, and early-warning security warnings and measures are
being used as effective means to counter terrorist activities.
Under the concept of “Hi-tech Olympics” and “Safe
Olympics”, scientists and researchers from Digital Locktronix and the Center
for Biometrics and Security Research, Institute of Automation, Chinese
Academy of Sciences innovatively applied China’s independent intellectual
property right, internationally introducing such advanced technology-human face
recognition systems into Olympic Games. This is the first time such leading-edge
technology has been used in the security of the Olympics as an intelligent means
of personal identification of its visitors.
This human face recognition system has redefined the identity checking by
comparing real-name checking of the ticket holders and people’s real identity
during the opening and closing ceremonies, and provided support for the Olympics
security and important data for people’s admission purposes.
The Beijing Olympic committee used real-names on the tickets
to manage identity of the holders. The ticket holders were asked to submit some
personal information and identity photos as a means of eliminating potential
security vulnerabilities and enhancing the Olympic security level, and as
anti-terrorism measure. Human face recognition is the most natural, visual, and
innovative way of biological identification. It will recognize the human
physiological visual habits just as human beings recognize others by their faces
and has the potential to become very pervasive.
After much research and exploration, scientists from the Locktronix and Center
for Biometrics and Security Research developed the high-performance face
recognition technology integrated with RFID Radio Frequency card technology;
customizing towards a rapid personal identification system specifically for the
Beijing Olympics. It worked as a first line of defense for the Beijing Olympics
opening and closing ceremonies and verified ticket holders’ identity through a
real-name system of ticket holders.
The system first scanned the identity photos submitted by the
ticket holders, acquired facial features and input these into an information
database. At the entrance, system recorded the picture of the ticket holders
with a video camera and compared them with the previously entered image data
from the database. Real ticket holders will be given access while the fraudulent
ticket holders will be transferred to the relevant departments. The system can
adapt to different environmental light variants, such as direct sunlight at dusk
and light during all other times of the day.
The system can be widely applied to occasions where personal identification is
required. Such occasions may include: large-scale sports events, ports,
airports, scenic spots, major conference entrances, student examinations,
government agencies and entrance control in enterprises, etc.
The special featured series of the Olympics "Ultimate
Olympics" (previously known as China-Olympics in progress) were co-produced
by China’s Intercontinental Communication Center and Discovery Channel. On
August 19, 2007 the first episode rivals were broadcasted through Discovery
channel in Australia which is a prelude to the global network broadcast of this
series. At present, the show has been scheduled in Australia, New Zealand,
Japan, Korea, Singapore and more than 30 countries with 115 million households
or viewers. The series will continue to be broadcasted on the Discovery Channel
through the Discovery international network. It will eventually be released in
173 countries worldwide in 35 languages. The audience will reach 327 million
"Ultimate Olympics" is a series program of the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games, including three episodes each lasting 60 minutes and a specialized
compilation of 120 minutes, focusing on three themes: Olympic athletes, Olympic
city, Olympic science and technology. It introduces the preparations for the
Olympic Games and the changes of China in many aspects initiated by the Olympic
Games, demonstrated though the concepts of the "Green Olympics",
"Hi-tech Olympics" and "people-oriented Olympics". ?All
these programs show China's enthusiasm for and expectation of the Olympic Games.
"Rivals" is the first episode of Ultimate Olympics, focus on three
main sporting events: gymnastics, swimming, track and field. It records the
efforts, science and technology innovation from athletes in China, America,
Australia and Great Britain for improving their sporting scores, striving for
Gold medals. Each of these representing countries have the opportunity to tell
their exciting story in preparation for the Olympic Games.
To seize a unique opportunity before Olympic Games, to improve China's image,
enhance China's strengths, the China Intercontinental Communication Center and
its partner Discovery reached an agreement in short time on selection and
shooting of such a proposal in 2006 and executed in the same year.
Another two series and special programs of "Ultimate Olympics," will
be broadcasted in succession in December 2007, June 2008 and July 2008.
The brand program "China's architectural wonders” by Five Continents and
Discovery, as well as two chapters of “Beijing's new airport” will be
A broadcasting plan about China has been agreed by two
parties, which includes not only Discovery program broadcasting in the
international network, but also other newly developed TV and new media forms,
taking full advantage of the favorable opportunity before the Olympic Games
illustrating the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the vigorous developments of