Budget amendment could see Ohio casinos equipped with facial recognition

June 18, 2013 - 

Under an amendment recently added to the proposed Ohio state budget, facial recognition cameras would be allowed at casinos in the state.

Reported in the Blade, the move is part of a broader effort to address concerns that casinos are being used to launder money.

The amendment, added to the $61.7 billion budget passed recently by the Senate, allows the Ohio Casino Control Commission to require facial recognition cameras at cashier counters as well as at automated redemption machines. These systems are to be installed at the Casino’s expense, as currently installed systems aren’t capable of the video definition needed for facial recognition and identification.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, casinos have long been using camera systems to catch scammers and cheaters, though cheaters have also embraced hidden camera technology to aid their scams.

According to a report in Adi-news.com, Trump Casinos and MGM’s Mirage have been using facial recognition technologies for several years.

There have also been reports to suggest that the public is increasingly warming up to the use of facial recognition in security situations.

Based on a recent CNN/Time/Orc poll, 79% of Americans are in favor of using facial recognition at various locations and public events, and 81% support expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places.


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