Medellin soccer stadium uses facial recognition to build hooligan blacklist


The Japanese electronics giant NEC introduced one of its facial recognition systems for the first time in a sports arena in Colombia. The soccer stadium in Medellin has a capacity of 45,000 people and occasionally suffers from hooligans. The operator of the arena takes photos of such hooligans when they are detained, and has compiled a "blacklist" so they can be identified if they return to the stadium. NEC's facial recognition systems are in place in about 40 countries.

Writer: Jiro Yoshino
Publication: Nikkei Asian Review

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