While facial recognition is readily accepted for many situations – eg unlocking your smartphone – the public remains a bit wary about what the technology may mean to them.
High levels of regulation and the potential problems caused by entry of suspended, banned or self-excluded individuals mean that many clubs are seriously thinking about this application. Some clubs are already using facial recognition effectively.
How you address the concerns of your members and guests is critical – so, understanding what those concerns may be is very important.
The 4 main concerns are:
- Reliability – is there a chance of the technology confusing me with someone else?
- Protection of Personal Data – does the technology cause any increased risk to my privacy?
- How Is the Data Collect and Used – there are myths and misconceptions about the technology that causes mistrust, clear communications help overcome those fears.
- The Fear of Being “Watched” – this is a more general concern that is on the rise in our society.
This can be very real problem. If your security wrongly identifies a person as a banned member or fails to identify the entry of a self-excluded person, it could cause you serious problems.
And this has been experienced by some clubs. But it is not a problem caused by the Facial Recognition System – it is more likely a problem with the image database already in use.
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA
Using facial recognition, in most cases, does not add an extra information level to what is already collected and held by clubs. It is important that your existing privacy and data collection policies are very clear about how members’ and guests’ information is protected.
HOW FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA IS CAPTURED AND USED
Clubs have very compelling legal and security reasons for implementing and using recognition technology. It is important those reasons are clear, understood by your team and available to members.
Furthermore, Facial Recognition “images” are, in fact, only a sequence of digital symbols used to match against similar sequences generated by your reference database. These sequences cannot reproduce the facial image and therefore no identifiable images are maintained by facial recognition systems.
THE FEAR OF BEING WATCHED
This is a growing concern and our role – and your role – is to ensure that we do not add to the fear that “big brother” is creeping into every aspect of our lives. In many cases the growing surveillance and identity verification technologies allow us to conduct our lives in a much safer and more enjoyable way.
EXACT TECHNOLOGIES has developed a user-friendly interface to enhance the facial recognition software. This is currently being used with outstanding success at Canterbury Leagues Club.
Exact is able to provide clear information that will help overcome all the concerns surrounding facial recognition in your club.
Contact us today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation – or click here, submit your details and we’ll contact you.
Exact’s experience and expertise in clubs, pubs and licensed venues is extensive and the ideal team to look to when you’re considering technology for your venue.
For more information contact Steve Van Zwieten
Phone: 1 300 253 332