Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba to install facial recognition security cameras

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Some of the biggest sports stadia in Queensland, Australia, including The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium, will be installing new facial recognition technology that can spot a terrorist or hooligan up to 1km away.

The Queensland state government announced that it will be investing in the latest security technology as part of a preventative measure to stop potential threats from both banned persons or those known to the police’s national database.

The technology claims to be able to scan faces in crowds up to 1km (0.6 miles) away and will alert stadium security and police if it recognizes anybody of interest or a known threat.

The security was used at the Commonwealth Games and is already in use at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but will be rolled out with immediate effect to the 52,500-seater Suncorp Stadium, home to Rugby League side the Brisbane Broncos, and the 42,000-seat Brisbane Cricket Ground, known as The Gabba.

Elsewhere, anti-ramming barriers will be installed at venues and CCTV blackspots will be eliminated – all at a total cost of A$8m (US$5.9m).

August 1, 2018

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