January 22, 2018 -
Melco Resorts Japan introduced its biometrics-based casino security system last week. Named MelGuard, the technology uses biometric indicators to track casino visitors while removing human error from current exclusion systems.
According to Casino.org, this is part of Melco’s push to earn a Japanese gaming license when the market opens to integrated casino resorts. Melco Japan President Ako Shiraogawa said she hopes the demonstration will prove that Melco is taking their bid for a Japanese license as seriously as possible.
With the MelGuard system, gamblers and other visitors need to first be issued Melco membership cards and pay any entry fees that might be established in the Japanese market. Upon arrival at the resort, each individual would have their identity verified electronically via both fingerprints and facial recognition technology before the system’s gates would open and allow them to enter.
Melco envisions a system in which a national database of excluded individuals could be maintained and shared amongst licensed casino operators in the country. It would likely include both those who are excluded due to their affiliation with organized crime as well as problem gamblers and others who choose self-exclusion.
“This proprietary technology demonstrates our deep commitment to developing and implementing practical solutions for the government’s ongoing consideration of how to uphold socially safe integrated resorts,” Shiraogawa said.