Hi-tech kit at Elvis festival
PEOPLE wanted by police and past troublemakers will be traced at the Elvis Festival using special facial recognition technology, say South Wales Police.
PEOPLE wanted by police and past troublemakers will be traced at the Elvis Festival using special facial recognition technology.
South Wales Police said they will be using the tool in Porthcawl this weekend after its success at the Champions League Final in Cardiff.
The force said the facial recognition technology will hold a watch list of individuals who are wanted on warrant or those that officers would like to speak to in connection to outstanding offences.
The list will also include photos of individuals who have caused problems, or been arrested, at the Elvis Festival in previous years.
Officers hope it will help them to prevent offences and anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Scott Lloyd said: “The facial recognition technology is just one of the tools that we will be using to help with preventing crime and disrupting anti-social behaviour at the event.
“The watch list will hold photos of individuals who have been arrested at previous Elvis events.
“The aim is that once spotted, our officers will engage with these individuals on a one-to-one level and highlight that we want them to enjoy the festival without causing the issues that they may have been involved in during previous years.”
Superintendent Alun Morgan said: “We are still in the process of trialling this latest technology in a variety of settings to prove its operational worth.
“Peoples’ dress, and their general appearance, should not adversely affect the systems’ performance – however that’s all part of the testing process and lessons learnt from the Elvis Festival will be added to our overall evaluation of the system during the coming months.”
Chief Inspector Jason Herbert, operations manager for Bridgend , added: “The facial recognition software provides us with the ability to help detect any risk more efficiently than relying on standard CCTV.
“It will also assist our officers on the ground in identifying early opportunities to prevent crime and reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour.
“We are very aware of concerns about privacy and we have built in checks and balances into our methodology to reassure the public that the approach we take is justified and proportionate.
“We have had detailed discussions with all interested regulatory partners to ensure that the deployment of this technology is proportionate whilst recognising the need to balance security and privacy.”
Visitors dressed up for the occasion at last year’s Porthcawl Elvis Festival