The recent tragedy at Manchester Arena has underlined the importance of event security. Sadly, Manchester is just the latest in a history of violence at concerts and sporting events, ranging from outright terror attacks, to inebriated or disgruntled fans that start fights at sporting events. In order to ensure that events are as safe as possible, it’s becoming increasingly vital to take precautions in order to secure events.
One of the newest and most powerful ways to secure events is by using biometric surveillance (commonly known as face recognition). This technology, which The Washington Post called “the Holy Grail” of event security, has made it easier than ever to ensure that unwanted guests don’t gain access to stadiums.
So who are these unwanted guests? Here are 4 types of people that all stadiums should do everything in their power to keep from entering stadiums.
Let’s be honest, there are certain sports fans who should probably just enjoy watching games from their couch. After all, The Cleveland Browns had to eject 361 fans over the course of a single season! And soccer hooligans are a global problem. However, this isn’t just endemic to sports. 300 fans had to be ejected from a single Kenny Chesney show. Ejected fans often have to sign a waiver saying they won’t return to the venue. But it is difficult-to-impossible to keep banned fans out with traditional surveillance technology. However, face recognition is a game-changer, instantly identifying banned fans so that they can be ejected before they cause problems.
Recent tragedies in Manchester and at Partis’ Bataclan prove that terrorists are determined to strike events. While there is no way of knowing with any certainty whether facial recognition could have prevented those attacks, what is clear is that it has the potential to help prevent future attacks. Face recognition can act as a powerful conduit between government agency watchlists and event security, notifying security personnel when an individual needs to be watched or apprehended. Airlines already use no-fly lists, events can similarly deny access to those who might pose a threat. One clear advantage of using face recognition is that it can prevent profiling, identifying individuals by the points on their face, rather than profiling by skin color, clothing or country of origin.
Artists, professional athletes and even cheerleaders are frequent stalking targets. Given the tens of thousands in attendance at large events, it’s next to impossible for stadium security teams to recognize known stalkers before they enter an event. But face recognition makes it possible to instantly recognize when stalkers have entered a venue. This adds a crucial layer of protection that can help transform your arena into a safe zone.
Cell phones and social media have made it easier than ever to troll online and bootleg events. And as a result, more online trolls and bootleggers are banned from live events each year. Ensuring that these bans are enforced is an ongoing problem for event managers. But face recognition can ensure that known bootleggers and trolls are kept out of events.
How Face Recognition Works
Face recognition systems can instantly recognize when individuals match people on a database of unwanted guests. The database might include a list of fans who have been ejected from your stadium. The moment unwanted fans are detected, security on the ground is notified with the data they need to take action.
Got 5 minutes? Our Guide to Face recognition for Event Security can help you determine if face recognition can help make your events safer!