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China – Melco Crown brings in face recognition from Cognitec

By - 18 February 2016

Melco Crown is stepping up its security system to prevent banned individuals from entering its Macau properties City of Dreams and Studio City properties from entering.

This is the first time a Macau casino has installed such specialised facial recognition technology created by Cognitec for security measures. In 2015, crimes related to gaming increased by 38 per cent with over 1,500 such crimes recorded in Macau last year.

The operator has opted for Cognitec’s FaceVACS-VideoScan to strengthen physical security by alerting security staff in real time about banned persons entering the premises.

Cognitec supported the large-scale design and implementation efforts on site, resulting in multiple efficient system installations that now successfully prevent losses and criminal activities.

Stephen Meltz, Managing Director Asia Pacific at Cognitec, said: “Championed by David Mackay, SVP of Asset Protection, Melco Crown’s security team welcomed Cognitec’s technical specialists to work determinedly toward the completion of these projects. We are proud to deliver the first system of its kind in the casino market.”

Cognitec’s software solution uses advanced face recognition technology to detect people’s faces in live video streams and compare them to databases of banned persons. Security staff receive real-time alerts and can deny entrance to the detected individual.

Leroy Daniel, Executive Director, Surveillance Operations at Melco Crown Entertainment, said: “By working closely with Cognitec and through a process of internal research, experimentation and analysis, we have found a tipping point. We are confident that our joint commitment to this significant project will result in safer casino environments for casino staff and patrons.”

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