Facial recognition part of security plans for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 June: Facial recognition is one of a range of strategies being considered for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

A face recognition system is a computer application capable of identifying or verifying a person from a digital image or a video frame from a video source. One of the ways to do this is by comparing selected facial features from the image and a face database.

It is typically used in security systems and can be compared to other biometrics such as fingerprint or eye iris recognition systems.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford of the Commonwealth Games Group said:
“The Queensland Police and security partners are considering the application of facial recognition technology during the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“This technology is constantly evolving. No decisions have been made regarding how and where this technology will be deployed. It is not appropriate to publicly discuss this security strategy further at this time.”

Commonwealth Games Head of Security, Danny Baade said: “GOLDOC and other security partners including the Queensland Police and Australian Government have been planning for the types of incidents that have occurred in London, Manchester, and Europe.

“A range of safety and security strategies are being considered and will be deployed for the Games. Some of these strategies will be obvious to the community, for example, the use of airport-style screening at the entry of all venues”

Assistant Commissioner Crawford said: “All safety and security incidents occurring throughout the world are reviewed against current Games planning.”

“As a result of the incident in Manchester, GOLDOC, the Queensland Police Service and Australian Government agencies are meeting in Canberra today to participate in a three-tier safety and security review.

“It remains an ongoing priority for GOLDOC the Queensland Police and our Australian Government security partners to ensure that we deliver the safest Games possible.”

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