Panasonic facial recognition in use at Brøndby Stadium

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Danish Superliga soccer side Brøndby IF has implemented Panasonic facial recognition technology that is able to scan the faces of spectators to ensure banned fans and known security risks are kept out of the stadium.

To provide a safer experience, Brøndby Stadium has taken the strain off its security staff by employing an automated system that is able to identify blacklisted persons, which would have previously been carried out manually. Now, the automated procedure at the stadium entrance will decrease congestion at the gates, resulting in a faster entrance process for fans.

Panasonic’s security cameras and FacePro facial recognition software, automatically identify any individuals registered on the list, and sends a message to staff to take the appropriate action.

Recognized by the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) as having the world’s highest level of facial recognition performance in independent testing. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognize with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, and even when part of the face is concealed or hidden by sunglasses. The system also recognizes faces from photographs that are up to 10 years old.

“The system will significantly increase our efficiency in identifying blacklisted persons at our entrance gates, so we can ensure they do not enter the stadium. We are always trying to optimise our stadium experience for our fans, and ultimately create the best possible fan experience. This is another step into the right direction,” said Jesper Jørgensen, managing director of Brøndby IF.

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