Post-Covid, la smart/safe city accélère au Japon au nom du sans contact

  • En réponse à la pandémie, le Japon entend accélérer la société sans contact, et avec elle la reconnaissance faciale.

    Facial recognition and other smart city technologies could be rolled out more quickly in Japan over the coming months, after the country’s parliament approved an update to existing legislation to reduce regulatory burdens and complexity, Cities Today reports.

    The bill to amend the National Strategic Special Zones Law support’s Japan’s Super City vision, which is based on a centralized data-sharing platform, or ‘city operating system.’ The amendment was brought forward last year, but sent for revision before its recent approval. Japan has also made related legal changes that could speed contribute to the adoption of smart city services, such as telemedicine, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The change to the law allows municipalities to submit plans they can prove have the backing of residents to the national government, where the Cabinet Office would work with the relevant government agencies to fast-track the process and secure any regulatory exceptions required. The government hopes that by facilitating the adoption of artificial intelligence, big data, and other advanced technologies, urban mobility, disaster preparedness, healthcare and education can be improved.

    In addition to biometrics facial recognition for access control, cashless payments, autonomous vehicles, localized energy models and remote health care are specifically mentioned in the report.

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