Dutch football club begins biometric crowd trial
14 October 2016 13:27 GMT

Dutch football team FC Groningen has started a season-long test project in its Noordlease Stadium with security cameras with facial recognition software.

The software aims to ensure better security at the ground by tracking appearances by hooligans and troublemakers, reports Computer Business Review.

There will be four Panasonic Full HD security cameras with facial recognition software at the turnstiles.

As facial images of the supporters are sent to the control room in the stadium, Panasonic face matching software compares these to a database of registered supporters with a stadium ban.

As CBR notes, there is a facial match the command room immediately receives a warning, after which the safety personnel can intervene.

Privacy legislation requires that only the images of the supporters with a stadium ban are saved, without any accompanying personal data. The full construction and network installation was done by Rotterdam-based company Radio Holland, which is responsible for all enterprise critical communication and security systems at FC Groningen.

“With this new solution, our security personnel can be used much more effectively,” Dian De Bruijn Safety and Public Coordinator at FC Groningen explained to the computer magazine. “In the past, the control room had to scan all 22,500 visitors individually visually, the cameras and software can now do that automatically for them, giving them a warning within seconds if something is detected. This way, their attention can be shifted to other priorities, such as ensuring continued safety on the stands and along walkways and passages before and during the game.”