Problem gamblers will be helped to self-exclude from gambling with the installation of cameras and facial recognition technology at gaming venues in New South Wales. Problem gamblers who have self-excluded from gambling will be identified by the tech. Problem gambling support services will be referred to them. People who are in the self-exclusion program will have provided their own image.
The local government of New South Wales is attempting to help problem gamblers by installing facial recognition equipment in pubs and clubs.
Cameras and facial recognition technology will be installed at gaming venues that have opted into the state’s self-exclusion scheme. Problem gamblers who have self-excluded from gambling will be identified by the tech. Problem gambling support services will be referred to them.
Those who are in the self-exclusion program will have supplied their own image and given the scheme and venues full permission to store and use it to identify them.
John Green, director of liquor and policing for the Australian Hotels Association, said that facial recognition technology would improve identification.
The use of facial recognition technology makes sure we have the best chance of identifying those people as they enter. We tested how it works and it can identify people who are wearing masks and trying to avoid detection.
He went on to say more.
It’s effective at identifying those people who want to be excluded. To ensure that we are doing as much as we can to get them the treatment they need, this is about using the latest technology to improve the process that we have already got in place.
The technology wouldn’t affect other patrons, according to the CEO.
This is designed to help those who have a problem and not impact anyone else. We believe it is important to support those people who have a problem in a targeted way. The people who have a problem are looked after to make sure that they get the help that they need.
Kevin Anderson is the minister of gaming in the state.
It is a big step for at-risk gamblers to actively self-exclude. Venues will be able to help patrons stop gambling with the help of this technology.
Similar technology is being tested in another state.