|Problem gamblers, gambling addicts, unwelcome customers stay out! Casinos across Canada are installing facial-recognition systems and other biometric security measures to filter out customers due to legal pressures. |
From videotapes and tough security guards to these hi-tech 'Mission-Impossible' style digital systems, this is a huge leap. Maurits Vander Cruyssen, a Casino security consultant says that this technology is here to stay. 'By Christmas this year, every casino in Canada will have them in place'.
The technology is inspired from map-terrain technology from satellites it basically analyzes human face patterns similar to scanning a natural terrain with identified landmarks and distinguishes them. The facial-pictures database can be created from images by video surveillance or still photographs. The system will cross-check its 'repeat offenders' database with customers walking in and filter them. Typically unwanted customers could be scam artists, conmen, alcoholics, minors, mentally ill, criminals and gambling addicts.
Security reasons apart, preventing lawsuits like the $1-million lawsuit by Lisa Dickert against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for failing to enforce a self-exclusion program, in spite of registering herself on a customers-blacklist are prompting Casinos to setup facial-recognition systems in place.
The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation say that the new screening devices will 'smarten' security and better implement the existing self-exclusion program. Such programs, allow customers, which know they have gambling problems, to register themselves voluntarily onto a list of blacklisted customers.