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Face recognition tech to be tested at hockey stadium.

The Americas Security News.- facial recognition software

The Americas Security News.- facial recognition software

Face recognition technology will be tested Sept. 21 at the Toyota Center arena when the Tri-city Americans open their hockey season. Researchers with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL are testing the technology for the Department of Homeland Security.

The cameras will try to identify 20 (twenty) volunteers. Hockey fans who want to opt out can follow corridor signs to areas without cameras.


The test will try to develop  technology that can be available to police and federal agencies such as the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration TSA.


PNNL has purchased 46 seats at the arena for the test, said PNNL engineer Marcia Kimura. Information explaining the project has been mailed to season ticket holders.


All volunteers will wear monitoring ankle bracelets that will signal when they are close enough to a camera to potentially allow their face to be recognized. That will help researchers know at what point on a video that detection technology could be able to find them.


A hockey fan’s face could be incorrectly identified. However, no names of people will be collected. And only government researchers, not the technology developers, will see the video. READ WHOLE ARTICLE HERE