Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that as a TOP*1 sponsor of the Olympic Games, the company provided various AV solutions such as operational support, video production, and system operations at all competition and non-competition venue facilities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020(herein the Tokyo 2020 Games). Panasonic not only supplied equipment, but also provided various operational services that supported the competition venues — combining both Panasonic's technological and operational capabilities — through this the company helped support management of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
- *1 TOP (The Olympic Partner). Panasonic has contracted this highest level of sponsorship through the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Starting from March 25, 2021 in Fukushima Prefecture, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 torch relay*2 traveled through all 47 prefectures of Japan, while being affected by various changes due to the pandemic. During the stops of the relay, Panasonic's video and audio equipment was employed, and the company responded flexibly to the ever changing circumstances to provide operational support.
- *2 Panasonic is a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Supporting Partner.
As opposed to past Olympic Games where sporting venues and facilities were centralized in an Olympic Park, the Tokyo 2020 Games were held at geographically dispersed locations in Japan, so there was a need to construct security systems with a high level of safety within a short period of time to minimize the impact on local residents. Also, there was a need to integrate the surveillance of each facility under one system. The video surveillance system operated by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which included existing equipment consisting of a total of 8,000 security cameras*3 linked to roughly 2,500 sets of sensors equipped at venues, allowing each Venue Security Command Centre and the Games Security Coordination Centre to monitor live surveillance feeds quickly and accurately in the event of a security situation.
*3 8,000 cameras total, including the approximately 1,000 existing cameras installed.
In addition, for the first time in the history of the Games, wearable cameras were used by security staff, making it possible to check video feeds from the security guard's perspective at the security headquarters. Furthermore, by sharing images in real time with relevant public safety organizations, the system supported the linking of operational information.
The scale of delivery of AV security equipment was also the largest ever*4 for the number of security cameras that Panasonic delivered to the Olympics and Paralympics. For delivery, the company mobilized roughly 3,000 people to install about 7,000 security cameras at 48 locations nationwide in the short period of just two months, making use of the company's expertise which has been cultivated over many years. Moreover, Panasonic flexibly responded to sudden venue changes and venue layout changes. Panasonic staff also provided careful instruction to enable smooth operation, and established a maintenance system that enabled rapid response 24 hours a day during the Games, contributing to the safe and secure management of the Games.
*4 As of October 5, 2021. Based on research by Panasonic.
In addition, for these Games Panasonic has contributed to build an entry/exit access control system exclusively for athletes and tournament officials (approx. 350 lanes) led by Atos, the Worldwide IT Partner of the IOC and IPC, and based on joint development since 2014 of AV & IT solutions.*5
- *5 Press Release (Dec. 25, 2014): Atos and Panasonic Agree to Jointly Develop AV and IT Solutions