Strong take-up of facial recognition technology in gaming venues

Attorney General Vickie Chapman said the venues were able to install the technology after beginning major reforms to gambling in December last year.

“As part of the reforms, hotels and clubs with more than 30 poker machines, each of which can accept banknotes, will have to use facial recognition technology to identify people who have self-banned or banned due to gambling-related issues. associated damage, ”Attorney General Chapman said.

“Face recognition technology must also operate in the Adelaide Casino.

“Since early December, when these reforms took effect, more than 50 million faces have been scanned using facial recognition technology in South Australia, with more than 1,700 potentially banned users being identified.

“It is also gratifying to see that venues that do not need to install facial recognition technology are also taking this initiative.”

Attorney General Chapman said the initiative aims to better serve both venues and individuals at risk of harm from gambling.
“Previously, the venue staff had to remember the faces of all blocked guests and sometimes identify them during peak activity hours,” she said.

“By automating much of this work with facial recognition, employees will receive an alert and can take appropriate action by stepping in and ensuring that a banned person is not allowed to play.”

Alcohol and Gambling Commissioner Dini Soulio said he continues to work with venues to ensure they take appropriate action if a potentially banned user is identified.

“The inspectors regularly check the venues to ensure that camera placement is optimal, detection is taking place and that staff intervene appropriately to prevent a banned user from continuing to play,” said Commissioner Soulio.

So far, Consumer and Business Services has approved six system providers; three further applications are still pending.