Scary new technology: face recognition

April 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

From the Herald Sun:

A MELBOURNE nightclub has installed facial recognition software to stamp out thugs and known troublemakers.

Chasers nightclub in Chapel St, which already has metal detectors to screen patrons for weapons, believes the system is one of the first in the world for nightclubs.

Management now wants the technology to be adopted in other nightclubs to create a security network.

Assaults and violence around nightspots is increasing.

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the technology could help the fight against violence, and should be looked at for venues on their last warnings.

The face-recognition technology was installed at Chasers on the weekend.

It was bought after a chemical bomb was let off in the venue last year.

How freaky is this. Now people can have the power to get the face of all people in a room and store these images to track the people when they come back. And you thought plain old video cameras were an invasion of privacy. Now we get facial recognition features. Eek!

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