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The next 3 June, Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium not only focus the world's attention by the end of the 62nd Edition of the UEFA Champions League, but numerous troops of security that blindarán this site and around the city to ensure that everything goes smoothly, with the use of facial recognition automated as a key element of the operating.

The possibility of an attack and capture terrorist possible, In addition to preventing any act incident and vandalism among the fans of the clubs who reach the end of the 62nd Edition of the UEFA Champions League is the main objective of the British police, It will shield days before the end (the next 3 June) both the Millennium Stadium, accommodate 74.500 spectators, as the Welsh city of Cardiff.

Among other measures, facial recognition technology will be one of the protagonists of this operating security complex, to be used for the first time at an event of this type and that is based on the AFR automated system that the Metropolitan Police of London used during the famous Notting Hill Carnival of last year.

This initiative, It will be integrated with the network of surveillance cameras, It shall comply with the regulations and national legislation for these systems, as has made clear the British Commissioner Tony Porter: "we will follow the rules of surveillance systems. The use of AFR (automated facial recognition) It has increased in recent years, and that must be improved to achieve more precise results. Each application requires good algorithms, a dedicated design effort, a multidisciplinary team of experts and data base of images of limited size and field tests to calibrate and optimize technology properly".

The face of the thousands of visitors and fans attending the final in Cardiff, It is estimated that some 170.000, It can be scanned, process your data and check them against a local database of a few 500.000 people who have any conflicting or suspected history of terrorism, video surveillance cameras located in the train station of the city will be used for which, in the stadium and in the own Campus surroundings.

The implementation of this pilot project has funds of the Ministry of the Interior for police in Wales, in order to test the effectiveness of this technology in live and prevent incidents such as the recent attack on the bus from Borussia Dortmund before the match of the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Monaco, in which the player Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured.

The use of this technology does not have the majority welcomed, Since the report of the programme ' Face in video evaluation' (FIVE) NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) , It highlights is the limitations of the AFR in the effective identification of the subjects referred to as 'non-cooperative', namely, that they do not face the camera or whose faces are obscured, something that, until now, have only been in environments with high resolution cameras-controlled.

The accuracy of facial recognition software also has been recently questioned publicly in the United States during a House Committee's oversight and government reform, in which it was stated that the algorithms used by the Federal Bureau of investigation were inaccurate in a 14% and they identified with many errors to people of color, In addition to the storage of images of millions of innocent people by the authorities, among other reasons.


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By • 4 May, 2017
• Section: Case Studies, Access control, Control Systems, MAIN FOCUS, Detection, Events, Intrusion, Urban Security, Services, CCTV