Hi-tech kit at Elvis fes­ti­val

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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